The Shortest History of Europe

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Black Inc., 2009 - Europe - 149 pages
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Chinese civilisation was for a long period more advanced than European. From China, Europe acquired printing, paper-making, the compass, gunpowder and locks for canals. Yet it was in Europe that steady economic growth first occurred and then the Industrial Revolution. And it was in Europe that representative government and individual rights, those other hallmarks of modernity, first developed. What is it about Europe?Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation.The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation, describing its birth from an unlikely mixture of three elements: classical learning, Christianity and German warrior culture. Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters - pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome - and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times.Meanwhile the common people were tilling the soil, until they became the first to enjoy the prosperity of an industrialised urban society.The Shortest History of Europe is a clear, humorous and thought-provoking account of a remarkable civilisation.
  

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Review: The Shortest History Of Europe

User Review  - Artem Fedorov - Goodreads

One of the most interesting and unusual book. Due to this book you can see Europe history from a completely different side. It is wonderful addition to classic history books. Easy to read, interesting and instructive book.Recommend to everybody! Read full review

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User Review  - Guanyu - Goodreads

a great book, very high level and concise. Read full review

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