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A History of the World in the Twentieth Century
A History of the World in the Twentieth Century
By J. A. S. Grenville
Harvard University Press, 1994, 973 pp

This massive tome follows a relatively new trend among historians to abandon their sometimes narrow parochialism in favor of "world history." The content of the latter continues to be debated: to what extent is it more than an aggregation of particularistic histories of individual regions and countries, and more a history of broad social trends or transnational interactions? The present volume deals with more thematic issues like industrialization, the empowerment of women, the rise of environmental concerns and multinational corporations, but this book's approach remains fairly traditional, with sequential coverage of the world's regions and nations. The author admits to not breaking new historical ground, and the book will probably be of greatest use in introductory college courses on twentieth-century history.