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Mark Mazower - Dark Continent (Europe's Twentieth Century) (2nd Hand Paperback)

£5.25
SKU B001567
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback.
  • Condition : Good (Obviously Read)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • Published : 1999 (Penguin)
  • ISBN : 9780140241594
  • SKU : B001567
  • PPC : SP350gm
  • RRP : £12.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

The end of First World War saw old empires swept away and opportunity to build a better society from the ruins. This title overturns the myth of Europe as a safe haven of democracy to redefine our view of twentieth century. It tells the story of a century of division, charting struggles of rival ideologies to create a new world order for mankind.

Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take.

Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention.  Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next.  Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europe’s past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts.

“A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard (European unity) has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations.” - Los Angeles Times.

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