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Book Review: ATLAS OF THE 20TH CENTURY (Richard Overy) : AH

8/11/2001 • American History Reviews, Reviews

ATLAS OF THE 20TH CENTURY , by Richard Overy, editor (Hammond Incorporated, 240 pages, $39.95).
“It isa truism,” says the editor of this handsomely illustrated volume, “that the 20th century has witnessed the most profoundand wide-reaching changes of any century in human history. Yet the dimensions of that change are still worth recalling.”The atlas uses 250 detailed and colorful maps, charts, and diagrams–complemented by more than 350 color andblack and white illustrations and photographs–to trace the course of those changes around the world. In addition toproceeding chronologically from the “Old World Order” of the years before World War I to the recent fall ofcommunism and the redrawing of the map of Eastern Europe, the work focuses on themes such as the populationexplosion, the advancement in transportation and telecommunications, environmental problems, the emergence ofthird-world countries, and terrorism, which have characterized the last hundred years.