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A History of Europe
     

A History of Europe

by Frederick Davidson (Read by), J. M. Roberts
 
How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has managed to exert so profound an influence on the rest of the world? Roberts’ sweeping and entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect, for good and ill, on everything touched by those Western values that originated in Europe. Beginning with its

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How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has managed to exert so profound an influence on the rest of the world? Roberts’ sweeping and entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect, for good and ill, on everything touched by those Western values that originated in Europe. Beginning with its Paleolithic origins and the early civilizations of the Aegean, Roberts traces the development of the European identity over the course of thousands of years, ranging across empires and religions, economics, science, and the arts. Antiquity, the age of Christendom, the Middle Ages, early modern history, and the old European order are all surveyed in turn, with particular emphasis given to the turbulent twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

Raymond Carr
"Within a narrtive framework he ranges from the role of cattle in Minoan society to the influence of Freud as questioning 'the very foundations of liberal civilization' .. His gifts of compression and clear exposition are outstanding." -- The Economists
Jessica Saraga
"Roberts explains the economic imperatives behind the vast phenomena of European history, such as monasticism, feudalism, the Crusades -- and their lasting legacy ... The focus is productively on Europe, the narrative coherent, and Roberts is sure-footed through more than two thousand years." -- The Times Educational Supplement (London)
Tim Blanning
"Roberts already has the best single-volume history of the world to his name; now he adds the best single-volume of Europe.... If Europe is always at the centerr of the stage in this volume, it is never alone. Nor does it always appear in heroic guise... [Roberts] exposes the unpleasant face of Europeans' restless expansionism... and charts the rise and fall of their domination of the globe with exemplary detachment and an attention to detail which the importance of the subject matter demands." -- The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786190065
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Timothy C. Blanning
"Roberts already has the best single-volume history of the world to his name; now he adds the best single-volume of Europe...If Europe is always at the center of the stage in this volume, it is never alone. Nor does it always appear in heroic guise...Roberts exposes the unpleasant face of Europeans' restless expansionism...and charts the rise and fall of their domination of the globe with exemplary detachment and an attention to detail which the importance of the subject matter demands."--Timothy C. Blanning

Meet the Author

J. M. Roberts (1928–2003) was born in England and educated at Oxford. After National Service, he returned to Oxford as a fellow. He held posts in the United States at Princeton and Columbia universities, among others. He was general editor of The New Oxford History of England and authored several influential books of history.

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.

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