USM Open Source History Text: The World at War: World History 1914-1945

Conclusion to Decline of the West

Europe in the 1920s can be summarized by the existence of three movements: 1) an explosion of new nationalism stemming from the creation of new nations and the tortuous decisions of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919; 2) the rise to dominance of radical politics on the right and left; 3) an explosion of artistic, literary and intellectual creativity, much of which was driven by Europeans’ desires to come to terms with (to understand) the military, social and cultural dimensions of the Great War.

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