Gordon Kerr - A Short History of Europe (2nd Hand Hardback)
What is Europe? Firstly, of course, it is a continent made up of countless disparate peoples, races and nations, and governed by different ideas, philosophies, religions and attitudes.
Nonetheless, it has a common thread of history running through it, stitching the lands and peoples of its past and present together into one fabric and held together by the continent's great institutions, such as the Church of Rome, the Holy Roman Empire, the European Union, individual monarchies, trade organisations and social movements.
Europe, however, is also an idea.
From almost the beginning of time, men have harboured aspirations to make this vast territory one. The Romans came close and a few centuries later, the foundations for a great European state were laid with the creation of the Holy Roman Empire - an empire different to any other in that it enjoyed the approval of God, through the Church in Rome. Napoleon overreached himself in attempting to create a European-wide Empire - as did Adolf Hitler.
Now, however, Europe is as close as it ever has been to being one entity, yet we Europeans still cling to our individual national independences. In A Short History of Europe Gordon Kerr provides a coherent map of the jumbled history of Europe and the European idea that has brought us to this point.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket.
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
- Published : 2009 (Pocket Essentials)
- ISBN : 9781842433300
- SKU : B002348
- PPC : LL400gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'The book quickly helped me fill in major gaps in my European history. I would heartily recommend it to anyone generally interested in history and how it unfolded . . ." - Amazon Review.
"This book is pretty much exactly what it claims to be: a simple brief overview of European History from the time of Charlemagne to the present day. It is ideal background reading for developing a greater understanding of the larger context of specific events in European History and leaves the reader free to read further on specific areas that are of special interest to them." - Goodreads Review.
Gordon Kerr worked in bookselling and publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of several titles including A Short History of Europe, A Short History of Africa, A Short History of China, A Short History of Brazil, A Short History of the First World War, A Short History of the Vietnam War, A Short History of the Middle East, A Short History of Religion and The War That Never Ended. He divides his time between Dorset and Southwest France.
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