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Europe

A History
Written by: Norman Davies
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 61 hrs and 48 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a masterpiece of historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West.  

Norman Davies captures it all - the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric and Atilla, the Norman Conquests, the Papal struggles for power, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars.  

This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive: 299 time capsules scattered through the narrative capture telling aspects of an era, and 12 snapshots offer a panoramic look at all of Europe at a particular moment in history. All told, Davies's Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years.

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©1996, 1997 Norman Davies (P)2019 Tantor

What the critics say

"A master of broad-brushstroke synthesis, Davies navigates through the larger historical currents with the detail necessary to a well-written engaging narrative." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • bernickus
  • 2019-05-14

My Favorite Historian

I have read the paperbound version of this book many times and have been waiting a long time for the creation of an audio version. Mr. Davies has a wonderful way of telling history with an enthusiasm that never feels tedious or dry. Other historians write laboriously accurate scholarly assessments of the agreed upon past, while Mr Davies gives the reader his version- no less true - of the story of European history. "A" history, not "the" history of Europe.he pulls off this feat magnificently. i never once got the feeling that even HE was bored writing it', let alone caring how the reader felt. Furthermore, i can't think of a better choice than Derek Perkins voice to narrate this excellent book.

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  • Elaine Henderson
  • 2019-06-30

No Structure

This is a vast work with few and vague chapter titles. It jumps all over the map and through time. The information can be interesting, but no context is given for anything. Not suitable for audio. The narrator is wonderful.

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  • Denise
  • 2019-06-12

The author's animosity spoiled it!

Despite having nothing to do with the factual history of Europe, the author's animosity to Christianity spoiled what should have been a great reading adventure!
I tried to ignore his bigotry but it tainted the first chapters so much that I just returned the book. Too bad he just couldn't tell the story and keep his prejudice for a different book.

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  • Gisela R. Barry
  • 2019-06-05

The attack on the Gleiwitz Sender

There was no attack. I am the daughter of the officer who was in charge of the border forces. There was a transmission by 2 people who had gotten admission with proper identification and afterwards left. There was no shooting outside, no dead prisoners left, no incursion by Poles. A Russian fairy tell from the Nurnberg trials.

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