A History of Europe

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How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has exerted so profound an influence on the world? Roberts' entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect 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,...

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Overview

How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has exerted so profound an influence on the world? Roberts' entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect 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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470891404
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Chronologies
Foreword
Bk. 1 Heritages 1
Ch. 1 Bedrock 3
Ch. 2 Ancient Greece 20
Ch. 3 The making of the Roman world 39
Ch. 4 Imperial Rome and world history 58
Bk. 2 Christendom 79
Ch. 1 Re-definition 81
Ch. 2 The re-shaping of the west 106
Ch. 3 Medieval societies 129
Ch. 4 Frontiers and neighbours 145
Ch. 5 The civilization of the Middle Ages 162
Ch. 6 New prospects in the east 181
Bk. 3 Launching modern history 1500-1800 203
Ch. 1 A new age 205
Ch. 2 Society and belief 220
Ch. 3 The political organization of western Europe 239
Ch. 4 The ancient regime 256
Ch. 5 The world's new shape 279
Bk. 4 The European age 301
Ch. 1 New politics 303
Ch. 2 The world's new rich 322
Ch. 3 A new sort of civilization 334
Ch. 4 A new European order 346
Ch. 5 World hegemony 368
Ch. 6 International order and disorder 395
Bk. 5 Europe's twentieth century: the era of European civil war 411
Ch. 1 Pressures and strains 413
Ch. 2 The breakdown of international order 432
Ch. 3 European revolution 448
Ch. 4 Crumbling foundations 467
Ch. 5 The last years of European illusion 482
Bk. 6 Europe in the Cold War and after 505
Ch. 1 Europe in the aftermath of war 507
Ch. 2 Europe and global Cold War 524
Ch. 3 The end of the European post-war order 548
Ch. 4 A new order in the making? 563
Postscript: Facing the twenty-first century 579
Index 587
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