A History of Europe by J. M. Roberts

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Beginning with its Paleolithic origins and the early civilizations of the Aegean, Roberts traces the development of the European identity over the course of thousands of years, ranging across empires and religions, economics, science, and the arts. Antiquity, the age of Christendom, the Middle Ages, early modern history, and the old European order all are surveyed in turn, with particular emphasis given to the turbulent twentieth century.
 

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Until his retirement in 1994, J. M. Roberts was Warden of Merton College, Oxford. Acknowledged as one the greatest living historians in the world today, his books include The Penguin History of the World and The Triumph of the West.
 
Published December 1, 1997 by Viking Adult. 628 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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In a relatively short span he offers, in a measured, nicely resonant prose, a survey of the succession of cultures from which modern Europe has emerged, stressing the wider implications and influences of events over local history, and concentrating on the evolution of thought and society rather t...

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Last year Oxford published Norman Davies's huge history, Europe, for which Davies, best known as a historian of Poland, was justly criticized for various errors, particularly in dates. That book, howe

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was centered on Europe when the twentieth century began"" and ""much of that century's story is of how and why that ceased to be true before it ended."" It's a good argument, and it distinguishes Roberts's history from those of Martin Gilbert (A History of the Twentieth Century, 1952-1999, Foreca...

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