The Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century

The Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century

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by Mark Mazower
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679438092

ISBN-13: 9780679438090

Pub. Date: 01/09/1999

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

"A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations." —Los Angeles Times

Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and

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"A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations." —Los Angeles Times

Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take.

Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention. Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next. Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europ's past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679438090
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/09/1999
Series:
Borzoi Books Series
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.54(d)

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Brilliant! Mazower ignores decades of socio-political mythology and describes 20th century European politics in an engaging, uncompromising manner.