By J. M. Roberts
One in all our best modern historians greets the millennium with an authoritative and engrossing survey of the 20 th century
When it involves narrative background, J. M. Roberts is an undisputed grasp of his craft. His vintage historical past of the area (more than 1 / 4 million copies offered world wide) is still, within the phrases of eminent historian A. J. P. Taylor, "a stupendous achievement...the unequalled global heritage of our day. . . unbelievably accurate... virtually incontestable in its judgement." extra notable, his background of Europe was once acclaimed as "the top unmarried quantity background of Europe. . . combining authority and sturdy feel with fluency and wit" (London instances Literary Supplement). In his most modern sweeping and pleasing paintings, Roberts specializes in our personal momentous century.
Twentieth Century areas a chronological narrative of occasions within the context of the long term adjustments that coloured them. between those are all over the world raises in existence expectancy; significant strides in technological know-how and know-how; the novel reconfiguration of the worldwide economic system; vanished empires, shrunken white hegemony, and reassessment of "western" civilization; and the ever-evolving position of ladies.
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In trying to express the weight of such facts, only the impressionistic truth of a sketch can be hoped for, not a scientific blueprint. This is not only because of the sheer scale of what we are trying to discuss, and its infinitely regressive detail, but because of inherent special difficulties in writing about the history of ideas. Just as greatly as sometimes more greatly than - by material facts, general history is shaped by ideas. They shape it, nonetheless, in ways very hard to talk about, and at many different levels, some almost concealed from us.
Nowhere was more than elementary medication available to treat disease; rest, nourishing food and good nursing were the main advantages available to the rich when they were ill. Aspirin had only been invented a couple of years before2 and, short of complete anaesthesia or morphine, pain had to be endured. Social classes could be identified at sight by the clothes they wore: drab, worn, ill-fitting for the mass, elaborate, carefully crafted and maintained for even the modestly well-off. One could go on listing such apparent differences and, of course, to do so would hardly touch many more significant ways in which the world of 1901 is now hard even to imagine, let alone understand.
Social classes could be identified at sight by the clothes they wore: drab, worn, ill-fitting for the mass, elaborate, carefully crafted and maintained for even the modestly well-off. One could go on listing such apparent differences and, of course, to do so would hardly touch many more significant ways in which the world of 1901 is now hard even to imagine, let alone understand. The eighteenth-century idea of an ancien regime may be helpful. When the phrase was first coined it could be translated roughly as 'the old way of running things', or 'the former way of carrying on'.