Author(s): Simon Jenkins
A sweeping, illustrated historical past of Europe-a continent whose imperial ambitions, interior clashes, and existential threats are as important these days as they have been throughout the conquests of Alexander the Great
In only some hundred years, a modest peninsula off the northwest nook of Asia has observed the upward thrust and fall of a number of empires served because the crucible for clinical dynamism, cultural innovation, and financial revolution and witnessed cataclysms and bloodshed that experience nearly destroyed it a number of instances over. This is Europe: a continent whose id emerged no longer such a lot by means of distinctive feature of geographic or ethnic continuity, however by means of a protracted and storied fight for energy.
Studded with notorious figures-from Caesar to Charlemagne and Machiavelli to Marx-Simon Jenkins’s historical past of Europe travels briskly from the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, and the Reformation in the course of the French Revolution, the World Wars, and the autumn of the united states. What emerges on this exciting and expansive telling is a continent as outlined by means of its regularly clashing cultural identities and violent crises as it’s by means of its tireless pressure for a society in response to the consent of the governed-which holds true proper as much as the existing day.