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Modern Times

A History of the World From the 1920s to the Year 2000

By Paul Johnson

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A sweeping history of 80 fascinating years.

A sweeping history of 80 fascinating years.

A history of the world from the 1920s to 2000, this account begins with the end of World War I and moves on to the destruction of the traditional European order, the triumph of Einstein's new cosmology, the full impact of Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state and the genesis of Fascism.

Biographical Notes

Paul Johnson was born in 1928. He edited the New Statesman in the 1960s and has written over forty books. His Modern Times, a history of the world from the 1920s to the 1990s, has been translated into more than fifteen languages. As well as a weekly column in the Spectator, he contributes to newspapers all over the world.

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  • ISBN: 9781780227221
  • Publication date: 31 Oct 2013
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  • Imprint: W&N
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Written in History

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WRITTEN IN HISTORY: LETTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD celebrates the letter in world history and personal life. Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects letters that have changed the course of global events or touched a timeless emotion - whether passion, rage, humour - from ancient times to the twentieth century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling, some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal and coarse. From love letters to declarations of war, ranging from Elizabeth I to Stalin, Marcus Aurelius to Machiavelli, Oscar Wilde to Balzac, Rameses the Great to Gandhi, Montefiore explores the significance of each piece of correspondence and shows how letters can reveal the personalities of some of history's most fascinating figures, and in turn offer a unique perspective on the past and a relevance for today. These are letters everyone should read.

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Michael Connelly
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Michael Connelly
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Nancy Goldstone
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Iain Ballantyne
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Iain Ballantyne

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Dolce Vita Confidential

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Ben Wilson
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George Goodwin
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George Goodwin

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Intellectuals

Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson

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The Birth Of The Modern

Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson
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To Hell with Picasso & Other Essays

Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson
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Sebastian Haffner
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Sebastian Haffner

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