The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century : The History of the World, 1901 to the Present, Paperback Book

The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century : The History of the World, 1901 to the Present Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This dazzling overview of a turbulent century explores both dramatic events and underlying trends.

Despite a terrible two-stage 'European civil war' and the traumatic rise and fall of communism, wealth has increased dramatically alongside a four-fold leap in population, women's lives have been transformed, America has assumed undisputed political and cultural leadership.

The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century is powerful, international and definitive.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 928 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780140276312



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Very full detailed account that for the most part does allow the reader to access the salient points across the globe with notable recognition of the rise of China and the other so-called BRICS. Unsurprisingly much stronger on the already well covered first 50 or so years and built on that with references to the post-WW2 to Fall of Soviet Union, but then it falters. Not so secure in its judgement of what the 'Politics' of the last couple of decades, inc. rise of Fundamentalism are leading to and on things like Global Warming/Climate Change it was decidedly undecided (a good thing in my view). Well worth reading - - you will need several sittings if like me you need to go back and re-read pieces the author uses as seams running through his narrative of the Century.

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Moderately good coverage, annoying style.