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  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

This is a voluminous but interesting survey of European history covering the scope of a World History or Western Civilization course. It reminds me of the expansive Will and Ariel Durant series on ... Read full review

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User Review  - libraryhermit - LibraryThing

The theme that I found the most intriguing is that Europe, being a terminal peninsula at the edge of the massively bulky land-mass that is Eurasia, had hordes of raiders constantly spilling out from ... Read full review

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