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The Shortest History of Europe

Written by: John Hirst
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, Europe

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Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilization. 

The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilization, describing its birth from an unlikely mixture of classical learning and Christianity and German warrior culture. Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters - pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome - and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times. 

The Shortest History of Europe is a clear, humorous and thought-provoking account of a remarkable civilization. This new edition brings the story into the present, covering the world wars and beyond.

©2009 John Hirst (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 2019-02-04

Concise, general overview (insightful & clear)

This book is extremely concise and general, but also insightful and provides interesting links between major points in history. Excellent intro to the topic.