Europe: A History

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Harper Collins, Jan 20, 1998 - History - 1392 pages
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Here is a masterpiece of historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West. Norman Davies captures it all-the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric and Atilla, the Norman Conquests, the Papal struggles for power, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars. This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive: 299 time capsules scattered through the narrative capture telling aspects of an era. 12 -snapshots offer a panoramic look at all of Europe at a particular moment in history. Full coverage of Eastern Europe—100 maps and diagrams, 72 black-and-white plates.All told, Davies’'s Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years.
  

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User Review  - Darren Goossens - Goodreads

Europe: A History by Norman Davies Pimlico, 1997. 1365 pages (review from http://darrengoossens.wordpress.com/2... ) This is probably the single biggest volume I have ever read. It has many fans, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sara Reis - Goodreads

This all-encompassing European history book is a feat of research. It gives a wide and comprehensive understanding of the history of the European continent, not just Western Europe, but Central ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
45
Ancient Greece
95
Ancient Rome 753 BCAD 337
149
The Birth of Europe AD 0 330800
213
The Middle Age 0 7501270
291
Christendom in Crisis 0 12501493
383
Renaissances and Reformations c 14501670
469
Enlightenment and Absolutism 0 16501789
577
A Continent in Turmoil c 17701815
675
Europe in Eclipse 19141945
897
Notes to Chapters
1137
Notes to Capsules
1173
List of Capsules
1203
Historical Compendium
1213
Index
1337
Copyright

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Page 361 - Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy.
Page 856 - And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters. And the name of the star is called Wormwood; and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
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Page 202 - Lives again our glorious King : Where, O death, is now thy sting?
Page 99 - And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you ; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
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