A Short History of Europe

From Pericles to Putin

    • 3.9 • 15 Ratings
    • £4.99
    • £4.99

Publisher Description

The first short, single-volume history of the continent - from the Dark Ages to present day - by the author of the bestselling A Short History of England

Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom.

From Greece and Rome, through the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up now, Jenkins takes in leaders including Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Wellington and Angela Merkel, along with cultural figures like Aristotle, Shakespeare and Picasso.

In one concise book for the very first time, Jenkins brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale - all with his insight, colour and authority.

PRAISE FOR SIMON JENKINS:

'Full of stand-out facts . . . absolutely fascinating' Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on A Short History of England

'Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece' Independent, Books of the Year on England's Thousand Best Churches

'Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant' Adam Nicolson on England's Thousand Best Houses, Evening Standard

'Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought' Michael Wood on A Short History of England, New Statesman

'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book' Max Hastings on England's Thousand Best Houses, Sunday Telegraph

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2018
8 November
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Books Ltd
SIZE
62.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Vince around the world ,

Short and to the point

In such a short book much detail has been left out but still there is a real attempt to describe not just what happened but why, and being short the book can let us step back and see the landscape of Europe passing by.

MitrikSicilian ,

Short, interesting, but focusing mostly on Western Europe

While I liked the book(as it is what it says on the tin after all) I couldn’t help myself but notice how much it is focused on certain areas of Europe instead of describing the whole thing. Instead, it focuses on the Mediterranean first, and Western Europe second creating an impression that everything else just doesn’t exist…
At one point the book even says this about the EU in 1995: “… the EU was now all of Europe other than the Russian federation.” which is absolutely incorrect geographically and politically as neither Belarus nor Ukraine are russian federation(nor they were in 1995).
I expected a bit more attention to such “details” from the history book…

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