Well, I ended up choosing the Keylor textbook for a number of good reasons:
- cost (It is much cheaper than the other textbooks that cover this period.)
- coverage (It has good coverage of the entire world and is not overly Europe-focused.)
- assignment focus (The material in the text fits well with the short paragraph assignments and the essay questions on the midterm and final exams.)
- scholarship (The author is a respected scholar, and the text is relatively well-written.)
But there are some things that I still do not like about the textbook
- lack of coverage of cultural and social developments (I do have quite a bit of material in the course, via the module assignments, covering non-political events, but there is just so much that has happened, for example, in the worlds of technology and medicine, and there is no real coverage in this text. I am hoping that more students will be able to contribute to the course in these and other areas.)
- it is a bit on the long side
The old text for the
course was Carter Findley and John Rothney,
Twentieth-Century World, 6th edition. It is ok with me if you use that. Here is an old list of texts that I had found acceptable for use in the course. You would, of course, want to use the most up-to-date edition.
Paul Johnson, Modern Times: The World
from the Twenties to the Nineties, Rev. ed. (New York: HarperPerennial,
Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: A
History of the World, 1914-1991 (New York: Vintage Books,
Glen Blackburn, The West and the World
since 1945, 3rd ed. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993).
J. A. S. Grenville, A History of the
World in the Twentieth Century, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Belknap Press,
Daniel Brower, The World in the Twentieth
Century, 5th ed. (Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, 2000).
Michael Adas, et al., Turbulent Passage: A
Global History of the Twentieth Century (New York: HarperCollins,
T. E. Vadney, The World since 1945,
2nd ed. (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992).
Older but still useful, D. C.
Watt, E. Spencer and N. Brown, A History of the World in the Twentieth
Century (Hodder & Stoughton, 1967).
G. Barraclough examines some
underlying forces in An Introduction to Contemporary History (Penguin,
Two French interpretations are
M. Crouzet, L'Epoque contemporaine: a la recherche d'une civilisation
nouvelle (Presses Universitaires, 1969) and J. Bouillon, P. Sorlin
and J. Rudel, Le Monde contemporaine, 13th ed. (Bordas,
For an introduction to the
forces shaping culture and society, see M. Biddiss, The Age of the
Masses (Penguin, 1977).
H. S. Hughes, Contemporary
Europe: A History, 4th ed. (Prentice-Hall, 1976).