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A fun, informative guide to Europe’s past and present.

The history of Europe is rich, complex, vibrant, and at times violent; it has influenced many countries throughout the world and has itself been influenced by many countries. In the light-hearted European History For Dummies, historian Sean Lang explores the countries, conflicts, people, institutions, disasters, and triumphs that have helped shape modern-day Europe, packing in tons of facts alongside the fun. Chapters range ...

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Overview

A fun, informative guide to Europe’s past and present.

The history of Europe is rich, complex, vibrant, and at times violent; it has influenced many countries throughout the world and has itself been influenced by many countries. In the light-hearted European History For Dummies, historian Sean Lang explores the countries, conflicts, people, institutions, disasters, and triumphs that have helped shape modern-day Europe, packing in tons of facts alongside the fun. Chapters range from "Celts without Kilts" and "What a Way to Run a Republic!" to "I Capture Quite a Few Castles," "Reformation Ruckus," and "The War to End All Wars."

Sean Lang, the author of British History For Dummies (0-7645-7021-8), is also a history lecturer, examiner, and writer.

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"...Lang has produced a comprehensive, concise, fascinating account...of the main events that have helped shaped modern history..." (The Times Educational Supplement, June 2006)

"...well worth reading, handy as a reference book...." (The Teacher, July 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764570605
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/19/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Lang studied history at Oxford and has been teaching it to school, college, and university students for the past 20 years. He is the author of British History For Dummies and has written textbooks on nineteenth and twentieth century history. He is Honorary Secretary of the Historical Association and co-editor of Twentieth Century History Review. He writes regularly for the Times Educational Supplement and for BBC History Magazine and has written on history teaching for the Council of Europe. Sean is currently based in Cambridge where he is Research Fellow in History at Anglia Ruskin University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Origins of a Continent.

Chapter 1: Not so much a continent, more a view of life.

Chapter 2: The Stone Age Rocks.

Part II: Europe of  the Ancients.

Chapter 3: You're Ancient History!

Chapter 4: The Ups and Downs of the Roman Empire.

Part III: Middle Ages.

Chapter 5: Dancing in the Dark Ages.

Chapter 6: Gold, Murder, and Frankish Sense.

Chapter 7: Knock, Knock, Knocking Heads at Heaven's Door.

Chapter 8: Don’t Call Us Medieval!

Part IV: New Ideas, New Worlds.

Chapter 9: Back to the Future: The Renaissance.

Chapter 10: Reformation Ruckus.

Chapter 11: Mass and Nassacre: The Wars of Religion.

Chapter 12: Tsar Wars.

Chapter 13: Absolute Power: The Sun King Rises.

Part V: Europe Rules the World.

Chapter 14: The (Almost) Irresistible Rise of France and Russia.

Chapter 15: Seeking Enlightenment.

Chapter 16: France Catches a Cold – and We’re all Sneezing.

Chapter 17: Grime Wave: Europe Gets Industrial.

Chapter 18: Building Nations.

Part VI: Europe Tears Itself in Two.

Chapter 19: Europe's Age of Empire.

Chapter 20: The War to End All Wars - Doesn't.

Chapter 21: Revolution in Russia.

Chapter 22: Europe Goes to Extremes.

Chapter 23: World War and Cold War.

Chapter 24: Eurovision.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Europeans who Dominated the Continent.

Chapter 26: Ten Days That Shook Europe - and the World.

Chapter 27: Ten Places (apart from Naples) to See Before You Die.

Chapter 28: Ten Things Europe (and the World) Could Have Done Without.

Index.

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    helped me pass history

    im in an ap european history class and we have a huge content heavy book. im also beginning to study for midterms. what i do is i read the chapter in the dummies version then i go n write notes in it from my actual textbook and ive been doing a lot better on tests since i started using it. it isnt specifically detailed n like anybook it isnt perfect but i would definetly recommend it as a primer or for someone that wants to just pass a class. i choose to excel.

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