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  - johnnyryan - LibraryThing

Excellent, beautifully written overview. Davies delivers a broad, sweeping history. One caveat: it passes quickly over detail, occasionally vaguely. Overall this is a masterpiece. Read full review

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User Review  - andreg - LibraryThing

An informative overview of the history of Europe as a whole. I really enojoyed the little boxes throughout the book highlighting little-known facts or anecdotes about the history of Europe. My ... Read full review

Contents

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