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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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