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5.0 von 5 Sternen One-volume European history as good as it gets
For anyone to write a book on a topic as sweeping as the history of Europe is bound to be a monumentally daunting task. To write such a history that attempts to be balanced and inclusive is even more difficult. Davies' book is the best European history that I have come across, and I can't see how one could write a better history without covering multiple volumes or...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not for Beginners
I acquired this book with no knowledge of European History. I read almost all of it before finally giving up. I would not recommend this book for those with no background in the subject. I believe the author's expertise impedes his ability to communicate the subject to the novice. The level of detail seemed to overwhelm and confuse the big picture. As a novice, I...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen At last - a readable book on History !, 8. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Over the past few years I have purchased a few books on History but have always struggled to finish them. I read this book (all 1200 pages) from start to finish in a period of 3 weeks and was never bored. I am not an expert in History and never had any higher education in this subject and therefore cannot comment on the accuracy of the material. I often felt that I wanted to know more of certain parts of the history but realize that a complete coverage of this vast topic is impossible in a single book. Probably not a book for 'experts' but if you want a good overview of the history of Europe then you can't ask for much better than this !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A stunning achievement in a nearly impossible undertaking., 10. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It must be conceded that the scope of this work is very nearly out of the grasp of even the most skilled scholar. However, to date no one has succeeded so fully in presenting the breadth and depth of Europe as Davies does in this work. He is to be commended for his fearlessness and honesty: he names Stalin the greatest tyrant and murderer of the 20th century and, while taking nothing away from the horrors of the Holocaust, becomes one of the first popular historians to recognize that equal and even greater atrocities have taken place in our century that we have paid too little attention to. He is also to be commended for recognizing the integral role of East-Central Europe in European history, a role too many Western historians have ignored.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not for Beginners, 29. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I acquired this book with no knowledge of European History. I read almost all of it before finally giving up. I would not recommend this book for those with no background in the subject. I believe the author's expertise impedes his ability to communicate the subject to the novice. The level of detail seemed to overwhelm and confuse the big picture. As a novice, I had a hard time sorting out salient facts and assembling them to create a coherent overview of the subject. I have since read some other books that were vastly superior in effectively communicating the basics of the subject.
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Succulent History, 14. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Taschenbuch)
I really loved this book, I could hardly put it down, although it was a bit hard to read in the bath. It was one of the most interesting histories of Europe I've ever read, the inclusion of Eastern European content was particularly welcome, as this was an area that I knew almost nothing about. It was a fasinating broad overview of a subject that had appeared to have been picked to death. Humorous, witty and immediate with some novel presentation in the form of the authors information "capsules". Thumbs up from a non-academic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book needs a spanish portuguese review, 18. März 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Taschenbuch)
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. Page xiv Fátima is located near Compostella, and it is wrong. Fátima is in Portugal not in Spain. Another mistake Goncalvez has ç not c. Gonçalvez. Sorry for this coments, but this book as a excellent book needs a next edition portuguese, spanish review. Thank you! Professor Paulo R. Sousa.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truly excellent!, 26. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Gebundene Ausgabe)
History tends to be boring. Mr. Davies presents a volume as entertaining to read as any Michael Crichton or John Grisham novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A dense, richly flowing narrative., 12. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Taschenbuch)
There is a looseness to his narrative that is both compelling and frustrating. "Europe" reads easily, more like a novel than a history, which at times made me wonder how much Davies bent historic events to suit his literary tastes. The later chapters in which he chronicles the 18th and 19th centuries are the most compelling, tracing Napoleon's ride through Europe like Phaethon's ill-fated chariot ride through the cosmos to Hitler's ignoble campaign to the rise and fall of the Soviet Empire. All the historic antecendents are here. Norman Davies charts the full width and breadth of the continent.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A tough subject, and a (nearly) successful treatment, 12. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Norman Davies' history of Europe is about as close to a masterpiece as one might expect on such a difficult subject. What I found outstanding was his focus on the Eastern and South-Eastern influences on Europe -- not only Poland (Mr. Davies' speciality) but on the demographic movements across the Hungarian plain, and the way in which the Eastern marches influenced Europe over the centuries.
There are errors, of course, and in any case in a work of this size and ambition, what are errors to one reader will be received wisdom to another. But any errors are more than offset by Mr. Davies' style -- spare and elegant, concise and interesting. In terms of style, I think he is up with Gibbon and Braudel.
I give this four stars, because I don't think any work of this reach can entirely succeed. But this is a work that will be around for a long while, on my shelves at any rate.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A decent historical survey; well-developed and openminded, 4. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Taschenbuch)
Davies gives a good and concise report of the history of Europe (at least to the extent that such a thing is possible), and his book would serve as both a well written introductory text or as an accessible reference volume for looking up a quick fact or refreshing one's knowledge of a given historical event; his 'boxes' contain well developed insight into specific locations, phenomena, etc., making interesting connections that span historical time and serve as purposeful asides to the main text. Not a book to read in an attempt to fully understanding European History (not that there is one), but a good reference none the less.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A different take on Europe, 18. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Europe: A History (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It seems to me that those of a generally right of center political persuasion would find J.M. Roberts's book more impressive, as did the reviewer below. Personally, I found Roberts's book a bit too apolegetic, always trying to play up Europe's accomplishments and justify its evils. He also uses sympathetic language for some movements and unsympathetic language for others, notably socialism. No doubt any history book has such subtle expressions of authorial opinion, and maybe Davies's increased converage of Eastern Europe relative to most books is one of them. But, the reviewer below seems not to have noticed Roberts's emphasis on Western Europe. I think this book is a welcome corrective of traditional western oriented European history.
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