A History of Modern Europe

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Written by an international team of leading scholars, The Oxford History of Modern Europe traces Europe's turbulent history, from the beginnings of the Revolution in France to the dawn of two world wars to the breakup of the Soviet Union to today's kaleidoscope of nation-states. The achievements (and failures) of key figures from many arenas--politics, technology, warfare, religion, and the arts among them--are drawn vividly, and social, cultural, and economic insights are included alongside the record of ...
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Written by an international team of leading scholars, The Oxford History of Modern Europe traces Europe's turbulent history, from the beginnings of the Revolution in France to the dawn of two world wars to the breakup of the Soviet Union to today's kaleidoscope of nation-states. The achievements (and failures) of key figures from many arenas--politics, technology, warfare, religion, and the arts among them--are drawn vividly, and social, cultural, and economic insights are included alongside the record of geopolitical strife. We read of the personality cult as exemplified by the Soviet portraits glorifying Lenin; the importance of the nylon stocking in the post-World War II economic boom; the influence of religion as five new nations (Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania) emerged between 1871 and 1914--an influence that continues to be both vigorous and deadly; and the confrontation between traditional and modern cultures captured as the railway age began in Russia.

Insightful, provocative, and intellectually rewarding, this book offers an unparalleled, informed perspective on the history of the continent.

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This comprehensive volume gives an informed perspective and an outstanding and excellent analysis of European history of the last two centuries.
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There are so many short histories and overviews of Europe on the market these days it's hard to keep them all straight. This one includes 11 essays by different scholars, which provide an introduction and overview of a topic or era (the collection mixes both without clear differentiation). Titles give a clear sense of the material covered, from "The Industriali-zation of Modern Europe" to "Commercialization in the 19th Century" and "Warfare in Europe since 1918." The book's strength is that no piece is a throwaway. The weakness is that there's no clear rhyme or reason to where the spotlight focus falls. For those looking for a quick summary of themes with some real intellectual bite, this is a useful source, especially for teachers. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Oxford Univ. Press, 390p. illus. bibliog. maps. index. 20cm., $16.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Daniel J. Levinson; History & English Teacher, Thayer Acad., Braintree , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192853714
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/1900
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

T. C. W. Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and the author of many books, including several definitive works on the French Revolution.

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