Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century

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Vintage Books, 2000 - History - 487 pages
"A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations." --Los Angeles Times

Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take.

Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention.  Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next.  Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europ's past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts.

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A breath-taking analysis of the European family sometimes uneasy and conflicted relationship in the 20th Century. It is not always an easy read but it is enormously revealing and enlightening if you ... Read full review

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Outstanding. The best general history book I've read on Europe in the twentieth century. Identifies and analyses the most important trends on the continent and really makes sense of Europe as a whole. Read full review

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Mark Mazower is Reader in History at the University of Sussex. He is the author of the prizewinning Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44. He writes and broadcasts regularly on current developments in the Balkans.

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