In this continuation of his synthesis of recent diplomatic history, initiated in "Europe on the Eve," Professor Schuman carries the story of Europe's descent into the abyss from January 1939 to the end of the Third Republic in the summer of 1940. The story is not a pretty one at best, and Professor Schuman's own pessimism as to the perfectibility of man and the vitality of Western civilization does not make it any prettier. But whether or not his despair is justified, his book certainly contains the most complete chronicle yet prepared of the immediate background and the early phases of the war.
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