A Panorama Of The 1930s
This magisterial overview of the 1930s is the story of the dark, dishonest decade, child of one world war and parent of the next, that determined the course of the twentieth century. Dealing individually with each of the period's great powers - the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Japan and Russia - it takes us through the ten years dominated by the Great Depression and political turmoil, when Broadway, Piccadilly Circus, the Kurfurstendamm and the Ginza - neon metaphors of hope and modernity after four years of carnage - grew dim as the giants of unemployment, hardship, strife and fear took their hold.
From the concentration camps of Dachau and Kolyma, the Ukraine famine, the American Dust Bowl, to the Tokyo earthquake, the Empire State Building and the Paris Exposition, to the great leaders - Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Haile Selassie and countless others - the 1930s are brought back to life. We see the clothes people wore, the food they ate, the sufferings they endured, in a period when the world was struggling with one crisis and hurtling towards another, the greatest in its history.