Rick Steves' Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler

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Now expanded and in full color, Rick Steves' Europe 101 is a fun and informative guide to understanding European art and history. It features: A chronological sweep through the story of Europe-from the pyramids to Picasso-that makes the past come alive, Itinerary-friendly lists of Europe's greatest paintings, sculptures, and buildings to help you plan the trip of a lifetime, A breezy and accessible style, Innovative timelines, maps, drawings, and over 650 photos. Rick Steves' Europe 101 is a practical once-over ...
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Overview

Now expanded and in full color, Rick Steves' Europe 101 is a fun and informative guide to understanding European art and history. It features: A chronological sweep through the story of Europe-from the pyramids to Picasso-that makes the past come alive, Itinerary-friendly lists of Europe's greatest paintings, sculptures, and buildings to help you plan the trip of a lifetime, A breezy and accessible style, Innovative timelines, maps, drawings, and over 650 photos. Rick Steves' Europe 101 is a practical once-over of Europe's cultural treasures that brings meaning to your sightseeing-whether you're actually traveling or enjoying Europe vicariously through this book.

Called by Arthur Frommer, the "rising star in travel guide publishing, " Rick Steves knows how to write guidebooks that make European culture accessible to everyone. This highly readable overview of European history and culture carefully ties each style of art to its historical era and relates it to the reader's trip. 250 photos. 30 illustrations. 15 maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562615352
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Rick Steves' Europe Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     viii
History and Art of Europe
Prehistoric Europe     1
Egypt (3000 - 1000 B.C.)     10
Greece (2000 - 150 B.C.)     26
Rome (500 B.C. - A.D. 500)     58
The "Dark" Ages (A.D. 500 - 1000)     92
The High Middle Ages (A.D. 1000 - 1500)     116
The Renaissance (1400 - 1600)     162
Reformation, Discovery, and the Rise of Nation-States (1500 - 1650)     222
Divine Monarchs and Revolution (1650 - 1815)     264
19th-Century Europe     308
The 20th Century     358
Europe Today     420
Art Appreciation     454
Music Appreciation     488
Thirty-Two Millennia in Six Pages     494
Appendix
Artists and Dates     501
Index     506
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Everything you didn't learn in school...

    ...written with humor that will help you remember. Wanting to really understand what I was going to see in an upcoming trip I bought this book after watching several Rick Steves shows on public TV. It is an easy (but long) read giving a wonderful overview of what you'll see in Europe. If you like Rick Steves approach to "travel through the back door" you'll enjoy this look at European history, architecture and art.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    A Very Useful Guide

    Rick Steves provides a very readable overview of European history and art for American travellers. He covers a lot of territory with a light touch that is often amusing. If you are a fan of his tv programs, you will definitely enjoy this book. You can almost hear him speaking as you read it. He makes both the history and the art accessible to those of us who have only vague notions about either. It provides indispensible information for people who are going to Europe and want to have a better understanding of what they see there. It is also useful for travel in North America, as I discovered on a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. From what I know from other sources, he has done good research and presented information fairly; I only noticed one error, and it was a minor one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Very worthwhile

    This little book is packed with facts, diagrams and pictures that will enhance almost anyone's understanding of basic European history and art. Furthermore, it is a "fun read" primer.

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