Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Twentieth-Century Europe
by Nicholas Atkin
August 2008, 280pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33657-7
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Wars were probably the defining feature of twentieth-century Europe, and many of the civilians who lived through them dealt with hardships ranging from food rations to starvation and from forced migration to torture and death camps.

Expert contributors write on the experiences of civilians who lived through occupation and bloodshed in the First World War; the Russians who lived or died during the the devastating civil war in 1917-1922, leading eventually to the terrors of Stalinism; the Spaniards of many factions who fought against each other in bloody civil wars; the ordinary people of France, Germany, Britain, Italy and other countries who faced the hardship and horrors of the Second World War; and the ethnic- and religious-based fighting and atrocities, often targeted at civilians, in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 into the twenty-first century. Carefully selected sources for further research help users find additional information on civilian life during these events.

Expert contributors write on the experiences of civilians in the many wars of twentieth-century Europe. Among the events discussed are the Europeans who lived through occupation and bloodshed in the First World War; the Russians who lived and died in the devastating civil war in 1917-1922, leading eventually to the terrors of Stalinism; the Spaniards of many factions who fought against each other in bloody civil wars; the ordinary people of France, Germany, Britain, Italy and other countries who faced the hardship and horrors of the Second World War; and the ethnic- and religious-based fighting and atrocities, often targeted at civilians, in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 into the twenty-first century. Carefully selected sources for further research help users find additonal information on civilian life during these events.

Chapters including vivid accounts of civilians’ roles and experiences through wars in twentieth-century Europe are supplemented by recommended print and online resources for further study, a glossary defining important terms and concepts, and a timeline putting events into a chronological context.

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". . . an asset to all high school media centers as well as public and academic libraries."—ARBAonline, September 1, 2009

"...will be of great use to undergraduate, but there is enough for the specialist as well."—European History Quarterly, April 23, 2010
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