by Julio MacLennan


by Julio MacLennan



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European history is deeply embedded in the global civilization that has emerged in the twenty-first century. More than two thirds of today’s nations were once European colonies or protectorates. Europe’s legacy is evident in the trajectory of the United States and has influenced aspiring hegemonic powers like China. For centuries, Europe was the heart and soul of the West, and European powers enjoyed unprecedented global hegemony, not only by military and economic means, but also through their influence on politics and culture. The rise and fall of the European era of world supremacy constitutes one of the most epic histories of all time. Europa reveals the origins of Europe’s rapid expansion, which was then expanded upon further by millions of Europeans migrants, who spread their culture and values. MacLennan also reveals how statesmen, scientists, inventors, philosophers, writers, and revolutionaries were responsible for transforming the continent into a civilization that inspired universal attraction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681778242
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 963 KB

About the Author

Julio MacLennan has been Santander Iberian and European Studies Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and Prince of Asturias Visiting Professor at Tufts University and Fletcher School of Diplomacy in Boston, among other academic posts in the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain. He is currently the Director of the Cervantes Institute in London.
Julio Crespo MacLennan is a Senior Fellow at the Cañada Blanch Centre in the London School of Economics. He has a D. Phil in History from the University of Oxford and has been Santander Iberian and European Studies Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and Prince of Asturias Visiting Professor at Tufts University, among other academic and diplomatic posts. He has written five books, including Europa (available from Pegasus) and has lectured in over twenty countries and diverse international forums.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Europa from Myth to Reality: How Renaissance Europe Gave Birth to an Expanding Civilization 1

Chapter 2 As Far as It Is Possible for a Man to Go: How Geographic Discoveries Laid the Foundations of European Hegemony 23

Chapter 3 The World Is Not Enough: The Rise of the Great European Empires 48

Chapter 4 Revolution Versus Empire: The Impact of the Era of Revolutions on European Empires and the Western World 94

Chapter 5 Eastern Dreams of Grandeur: How China, India, and the Rest of Asia Were Shaped by European Expansion 135

Chapter 6 In Search of a Better World: How European Culture and Values Were Propagated by the Great Migratory Waves 173

Chapter 7 The Power and the Glory: The Golden Era of European Hegemony 208

Chapter 8 The First and Last Great Frontier of Civilization: The Scramble for Africa on Behalf of Civilization, Christianity, and Imperial Interests 260

Chapter 9 The Wars that Shook the World: How the Two World Wars Precipitated a New Post-European Era 294

Chapter 10 Goodbye to All That: The Global Influence of European Intellectual Migration and Exile 331

Chapter 11 Experiences with the Truth: How the Legacy of Imperial Europe Shaped the Postcolonial World 359

Chapter 12 The European Dream: How Europe Transformed itself into a Union that Exerts Universal Attraction 403

Conclusion: The Pillars of a Global Civilization 437

Bibliography 449

Acknowledgments 457

Index 459

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