The dark valley : a panorama of the 1930s / Piers Brendon.
By: Brendon, Piers.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2002, c2000Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.Description: xviii, 795 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0375708081 (pbk.) :; 9780375708084 (pbk.).Subject(s): World politics -- 1933-1945 | National socialism | Europe -- History -- 1918-1945 | Japan -- History -- 1926-1945 | Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953DDC classification: 940.5/2 LOC classification: D727 | .B654 2000
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
List of illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Approach: Harvest of Armageddon -- Roots of fascism -- Bane of capitalism -- Into the abyss: Depression in America -- Triumph of Hitler -- Duce and the Pope -- Decadence of France -- Slump in Britain -- Japan's imperial destiny -- Stalin's revolution -- New deal -- Nazis in power -- Mussolini's abyssinian adventure -- Leon Blum and the popular front -- Canon: Coming of the Spanish Civil War -- Franco's victory -- Deepening gloom: Britain's royal state -- Rise of Japanese militarism -- Soviet purges -- America in isolation -- Fuhrer's path to war -- Fascist axis -- France's lean years -- Churchill, Chamberlain and appeasement -- Nippon in China -- Making of the Nazi-Soviet pact -- Chasm: Conclusion -- Notes -- Select Bibliography -- Index.
Distinguished historian Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life in this sweeping narrative. "The Dark Valley" captures the vast scope of history as well as the minutia of everyday life, rendering a huge topic comprehensible and creating a gripping, page-turning drama of illustrations. The 1930s were perhaps the seminal decade in twentieth-century history, a dark time of global depression that displaced millions, paralyzed the liberal democracies, gave rise to totalitarian regimes, and, ultimately, led to the Second World War. In this sweeping history, Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life. From Stalinist pogroms to New Deal programs, Brendon re-creates the full scope of a slow international descent towards war. Offering perfect sketches of the players, riveting descriptions of major events and crises, and telling details from everyday life, he offers both a grand, rousing narrative and an intimate portrait of an era that make sense out of the fascinating, complicated, and profoundly influential years of the 1930s.