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A Concise History of Modern Europe

Liberty, Equality, Solidarity

By (author) David S. Mason
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Published: 15th Jun 2018
Dimensions: w 154mm h 226mm d 14mm
Weight: 345g
ISBN-10: 1538113279
ISBN-13: 9781538113271
Barcode No: 9781538113271
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Highlighting the key events, ideas, and individuals that have shaped modern Europe, this fresh and lively book provides a concise history of the continent from the Enlightenment to the present. Drawing on the enduring theme of revolution, David S. Mason explores the political, economic, and scientific causes and consequences of revolution; the development of human rights and democracy; and issues of European identity and integration. He deliberately avoids a detailed chronology of every country and time period, instead emphasizing the most crucial events in shaping contemporary Europe. Fourteen focused chapters address such topical issues as the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the Industrial Revolution; the theories and impact of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; European imperialism; the two world wars; the Cold War; the evolution and expansion of the European Union; and current issues confronting Europe. Any reader who wants to view the broad sweep of European history will find this book an engaging narrative, supplemented with maps, timelines, sidebars, photos, and a glossary.

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Mason's book is a gem: a succinct, comprehensive, and engaging introduction to modern European history. -- Alan Cafruny, Hamilton College Concise yet still comprehensive, this book not only sketches the broader contours of modern European history since the French Revolution but also provides students with much-needed context. Clearly and superbly written with judiciously chosen sources that lend themselves to the analysis of major events and ideas, this book is the perfect basic text for upper-division courses on modern Europe. -- Thomas Earl Porter, North Carolina A&T State University