- Taschenbuch: 1392 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: HARPERPERENNIAL. (20. Januar 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060974680
- ISBN-13: 978-0060974688
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 5,8 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 45 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 11.253 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Europe: A History (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 20. Januar 1998
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With Europe: A History, University of London professor Norman Davies has undertaken the near impossible: a synthetic one-volume overview of Europe from prehistory through the present. Remarkably, he has succeeded. Europe: A History is a conventional narrative, proceeding forward in time at a gradually decelerating pace. (The beginning covers millions of years of prehistory, while the final chapter discusses the 46 years between World War II and the book's publication.) But Davies's writing--vigorous, incisive, and confidently knowledgeable--carries the reader along, while the steady sweep of the main narrative is broken up by "capsules," boxed passages examining particular places, customs, or issues that cut across chronological lines. Davies, who has written two books on Polish history, also gives the eastern part of Europe its due coverage, unlike many of his predecessors, and manages to include commoners and the persecuted or ignored in his story along with the mighty and the royal. Europe: A History won't please everybody, but it's a highly intelligent, superbly readable overview that is certain to become a standard text. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
"Books of real quality and importance are rare. Norman Davies's history of Europe is one of them. It is a brilliant achievement, written with intelligence, lucidity and a breathtaking width of knowledge... This is a book everyone should read" (A. C. Grayling Financial Times)
"A noble monument of scholarship, and all the more noble because it is so full of surprise and feeling... There are superb assessments of vastly daunting subjects" (Jan Morris Independent)
"Monumental, authoritative... A book for enquiring minds of all ages, it will answer hundreds of enquires and provoke thousands more" (Noel Malcolm Sunday Telegraph)
"No history of Europe in the English language has been so even-handed in its treatment of east and west... Strong characterisation, vivid detail, trenchant opinions, cogent anaylsis all make this tremendous reading" (Times Literary Supplement) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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There are several features of Davies' book that, to me, make it stand out from other histories of Europe. First of all, he begins with, if you will, a "history of European history", describing how the subject has been viewed and written about in the past. He describes how various historical schools of thought have come and gone over the years, thus describing the larger context into which he introduces his history. Davies attempts to write his history without some of the biases that he believes exist in many previous works.
Secondly, Davies tells the story of Europe along several threads, understanding that "European" history is really several parallel and interacting histories of peoples, nations, states, etc. It is only relatively recently that one can really say that there has been a coherent and truly "European" history.
Thirdly, eastern Europe is finally given some due attention. Too many European histories have tended to dwell on northern and/or western parts of the continent. Only someone such as Davies, whose specialty is Polish history, could adequately include the more neglected parts of Europe. I especially liked his telling of the Soviet liberation of Warsaw during the last years of WW2 as contrasted with the Allied liberation of Paris at about the same time. It was definitely an eye-opener.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
While one may quibble on fine detail (as a Dane, I naturally looked for fault in the material on Denmark - and found a few), the errors remain trifling and the work itself falls into the category of "must-read" history. The sheer volume of data one must wade through to write convincingly on European history ensures that no work of this character will ever meet with the approval of all readers, however, even if one does not agree with Davies on all points, this book is a solid achievement, massive and well-crafted.
I heartily recommend this history of Europe.
If you have a degree in History this book may be fulfilling. If you are just trying to get a general handle on the topic try J.M. Roberts "History of Europe" instead. Also check out "A History of the Middle Ages" by Joseph Dahmus
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wir haben es einem sehr guten freund nach sydney mitgenommen. er ist total begeistert. es ist für ihn eine sehr gute möglichkeit sich auf reisen in europa einzustimmen... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 6 Monaten von mixischnitt veröffentlicht
Dieses Buch behandelt die Geschichte Europas bis zum Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion.
Zunächst muss man sich darüber klar sein, was Europa eigentlich sein soll. Lesen Sie weiter...
The sheer magnitude of the author's knowledge is staggering - this is a life's work. For a history buff like me, this is"an "everything I ever wanted to know and didn't even think... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. September 2009 von Martina Darnell
Grand synthetic history is usually tough to write, and to read. Davies more or less succeeds in telling the story of "Europe," and it certainly passes muster for the... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2000 von Mark Nuckols
Huge, Dense and Fun in an excruciating kind of way, but Davies assertion that Poland is central to Europe or European culture or tradition (in any sense other than geographical) is... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2000 von Hunter
I think that this book needs a review of the portuguese and spanish names, for example: Matto Grosso has only one "t", so the correct name is Mato Grosso, page 580. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 18. März 2000 von Paulo
"I am a candle," said Reason. Love replied: "Brother! I am the sun - so your time comes only when I set. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 4. März 2000 veröffentlicht
What makes "Europe: A History" particularly attractive to me is that it is not a mechanistic carbon-copy of some recent histories of Europe. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 18. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
Europe is a big book about a big subject. European history is to many Americans an impenetrable subject- much too much information with little idea as to how it all fits together. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2000 von Michael J. Berquist