A History

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A history of Europe from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age features hundreds of "time capsules" that describe daily life at a particular time, along with panoramic descriptions of all of Europe at each period

Book News
An ambitious, well-written history of Europe chronicling the continent's first five million years of development to the close of the 20th century. Davies (history, U. of London) presents a map of time and space filled with topics and in-depth analysis of the human, national, and international stories well-known to readers as well as neglected subjects such as Europe's stateless nations, and minority groups from heretics and lepers to Romanies and Muslims. Each discussion highlights a specific issue that cuts across the chronology and concludes with a "snapshot" of the whole continent captured during one symbolic moment, creating a historical picture album effect. Includes maps, illustrations, and a historical compendium. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
From the ice age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire history of Europe in one single volume.
The narrative zooms in from the distant focus of Chapter One, which explores the first five million years of the continent's development, to the close focus of the last two chapters, which cover the twentieth century at roughly one page per year.
In between, Norman Davies presents a vast canvas packed with startling detail and thoughtful analysis. Alongside Europe's better-known stories - human, national and international - he examines subjects often spurned or neglected - Europe's stateless nations, for example, as well as the nation-states and great powers, and the minority groups from heretics and lepers to Romanies, Jews, and Muslims. He reveals not only the rich diversity of Europe's past but also the numerous prisms through which it can be viewed.

& Taylor

A monumental history of Europe from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age features hundreds of "time capsules" that describe daily life at a particular time, along with panoramic descriptions of all of Europe at each period, maps, and diagrams. UP.

Oxford University Press
"In the beginning," writes Norman Davies, "there was no Europe. All there was, for five million years, was a long, sinuous peninsula with no name, set like the figurehead of a ship on the prow of the world's largest land mass. To the west lay the ocean which no one had crossed. To the south lay two enclosed and interlinked seas, sprinkled with islands, inlets, and peninsulas of their own. To the north lay the great polar icecap, expanding and contracting across the ages like some monstrous, freezing jellyfish. To the east lay the land-bridge to the rest of the world, whence all peoples and all civilizations were to come." So begins Davies's magisterial Europe, a master work of history that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West, from prehistory to the present day.
Davies's absorbing narrative captures the full drama of European history, on a sweeping canvas filled with fascinating detail, analysis, and anecdotes. It is a glorious chronicle packed with momentous events: the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric (leader of the Vandals) and Atilla (leader of the Huns), the Norman conquests of Sicily and England, the Papal struggles for power, the Crusades, the Black Death, the sack of Constantinople, the growth of cities such as Venice, Ghent, London, and Paris, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars. Davies omits nothing. We read not only of the great figures and events of European history--battles, usurpations, tyrants, and saints--but of philosophers, scientists, writers, and artists; the great explorations; the stateless nation and the nation-state. Minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Jews, Romanies, and Muslims, have not been forgotten in this vast tapestry. And Davies has also added 299 "time-capsules," small, self-contained sections that focus intensely on an aspect of an age, to attain a greater sense of immediacy, a sharper picture of life as it was--articles that range from "Erotic Graffiti at Pompeii," to "Stradivarius," to "Psychoanalyzing Hitler." And there are also twelve "snapshots"--fascinating glimpses of moments frozen in time, such as "Knossos 1628 BC," or "Constantinople AD 230," or "Nuremberg 1945." And finally, the book features over one hundred superbly detailed maps and diagrams, and seventy-two black-and-white plates.
Never before has such an ambitious history of Europe been attempted. In range and ambition, originality of structure and glittering style, Norman Davies's Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years.

Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780195209129
Branch Call Number: 940 Da 1996
Characteristics: xvii, 1, 365 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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7Liberty7 Oct 16, 2014

Finally Eastern Europe is back on the maps, so to speak. No longer is European history the histories of France, Germany, the UK, and Russia almost exclusively. Now we also read of Ukraine, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, and all the other countries of Europe.

Oct 07, 2010

A fantastic achievement. Mr. Davies stuffs thousands of years of European history into one massive volume in "Europe: A History." Its greatest accomplishment, however, is its inclusion of the history of Eastern Europe that the majority of popular European history books tend to exclude. If you need exposure to the workings of medieval Hungary more than the intricacies of (once again) feudal France, this is likely the text for you.


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