By David S. Mason
Highlighting the foremost occasions, principles, and members that experience formed glossy Europe, this clean and full of life booklet offers a succinct heritage of the continent from the Enlightenment to the current. Drawing at the enduring subject of revolution, David S. Mason explores the motives and effects of revolution: political, financial, and medical; the improvement of human rights; and problems with ecu id and integration. He intentionally avoids an in depth chronology of each nation and period of time through emphasizing the main the most important occasions in shaping modern Europe. Fourteen concentrated chapters handle such topical concerns because the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the economic Revolution; the theories and effect of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; eu imperialism; the 2 international Wars; the chilly struggle and decolonization; and the evolution and growth of the ecu Union. Any reader wanting a huge evaluation of the sweep of eu historical past on the grounds that 1789 will locate this publication, released in a primary variation below the identify Revolutionary Europe, an interesting and cohesive narrative.
Read Online or Download A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity PDF
Best history books
Alexander the nice, might be the main commanding chief in background, united his empire and his military by way of the mammoth strength of his will. His dying on the age of thirty-two spelled the tip of that unity.
The tale of Alexander’s conquest of the Persian empire is understood to many readers, however the dramatic and consequential saga of the empire’s cave in continues to be almost untold. it's a story of loss that starts with the best lack of all, the demise of the Macedonian king who had held the empire jointly.
With his death, it was once as though the sunlight had disappeared from the sun procedure, as though planets and moons started to spin crazily in new instructions, crashing into each other with unbelievable force.
Alexander bequeathed his energy, legend has it, “to the strongest,” abandoning a mentally broken part brother and a posthumously born son as his simply heirs. In a wierd compromise, either figures—Philip III and Alexander IV—were increased to the kingship, fast turning into prizes, pawns, fought over by way of a half-dozen Macedonian generals. every one successor may confer legitimacy on whichever basic managed him.
At the book’s middle is the monarch’s such a lot lively defender; Alexander’s former Greek secretary, now reworked right into a basic himself. He used to be a guy either attention-grabbing and pleasing, a guy jam-packed with methods and connivances, just like the enthroned ghost of Alexander that provides the ebook its identify, and turns into the picking consider the precarious fortunes of the royal family.
James Romm, fantastic classicist and storyteller, tells the galvanizing saga of the lads who Alexander and located themselves incapable of protecting his empire. the outcome was once the undoing of a global, previously united in one empire, now ripped aside right into a nightmare of warring realms suffering for domination, the template of our personal instances.
This e-book tells the tale of toys in line with television courses (both from the U.S. and Britain), and the way those much-loved items advanced through the years because the Nineteen Thirties, during the 'golden age' of children's television within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, after which onto the Nineteen Eighties in the past, together with Pinky & Perky, Magic Roundabout, the guy from UNCLE, Batman, Thunderbirds, The A-Team, health care provider Who, and teen Mutant Ninja Turtles.
It all started as toxic rotgut in Medieval Russia—Ivan the bad cherished it, Peter the good enjoyed it—but this grain alcohol "without certain personality, aroma, flavor, or color" has turn into our uncontested king of spirits. Over one thousand manufacturers struggle for industry proportion, shelved in glass skulls, Tommy weapons, bulletproof bottles; flavored with pears, currants, chipotle; or quintuple distilled by way of Donald Trump.
For over 20 years entry to background has been supplying scholars with trustworthy, attractive and available content material on a variety of subject matters. every one identify within the sequence presents entire insurance of alternative historical past issues on present AS and A2 point heritage standards, along exam-style perform questions and the right way to support scholars in attaining their most sensible.
- Us Marine in Vietnam: 1965-1973
- Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
- Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History (Shades of Blue and Gray Series)
- Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America
- mental_floss: The Book: The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory (Mental Floss)
- The Spanish Civil War: 1936-1939 (Essential Histories, Volume 37)
Extra info for A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity
But the overthrow of the old order in France had significance far beyond French borders for many reasons. In the eighteenth century, France was the most powerful country on the Continent, the most populous, and one of the most prosperous. French culture was admired and mimicked by the upper classes throughout Europe, and French was the language of the aristocracy and royal courts all over the Continent, including in Russia. The palace that France’s King Louis XIV (r. 1643–1715) built at Versailles in the seventeenth century symbolized the grandeur, wealth, and power of absolute monarchy, and monarchs in other countries modeled their own palaces after it.
They encouraged people to use their own critical reasoning to free their minds from prejudice, unexamined authority, and oppression by the church or the state. ” The motto of the Enlightenment, in Kant’s words, was therefore, “Sapere aude! ” The consequence of this appeal to reason, science, and self-reliance was, of course, a serious undermining of the authority of the established institutions of the old regime, particularly the church and the state. The principles of the Enlightenment were in some ways a continuation of the discoveries and theories of the Scientific Revolution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when scientific observation and experiments challenged and threatened the worldview and authority of the church.
New elections were called, and in September 1792, the newly elected National Convention scrapped the recent constitution, abolished the monarchy, and declared the establishment of the first French republic. 1 Women on the Revolution Women played an important part in the revolutionary events in France, including the march on Versailles to bring Louis XVI back to Paris, where he would be more accessible and accountable to the people. But the leaders of the Revolution were mostly men, and not all women were pleased with the accomplishments of the revolutionaries.