Dark Continent has ratings and 90 reviews. Nikos said: Εκπληκτικό βιβλίο ιστορίας. Όλη η ιστορία της Ευρώπης του 20ου αιώνα απλά και κατανοητά από. Mazower (Inside Hitler’s Greece) shapes his well-written history of Europe’s 20th century as a struggle among liberal democracy, communism and fascism. “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.
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Riveting up to and including World War Two; after that a much more ordinary history, and its epilogue on Europe today — in — reads sadly now. His focus on the failed attempts at liberal democracy between the wars, and Hitler’s surprisingly fark attempts at setting up a European system is invaluable.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. If Mazower himself penned or keyed in both statements, one can only regret the contrast between the aphoristic judgement of the former and the sensationalist hype of cark latter. Common terms and phrases Allies American argued Austria authoritarian became Bolshevik bourgeois Britain British camps capitalism cent central century Cited civil Cold War collapse communism communist conservative constitution continent countries crisis culture Czech Czechoslovakia decade democracy E.
The Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century
I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who wants a fresh, engaging look at Europe’s “big picture” in this past century.
Oct 11, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 24, Robert Morris rated it really liked it. In my opinion, the book supports that narrative quite well rather than discrediting it. Want to Read saving…. There is no attempt to cover the years presumably on the grounds that they fundamentally constitute the last phase of the ‘long nineteenth century’.
This is a great book, but I don’t think it does what it says it does. This point raises the question of the projected readership for the book. Though I have to point out that I prefer I had bought this book as a gift with some newspaper.
At the time of reviewing, Mark Mazower looks as though he is going to escape the nemesis Lying in wait for all contemporary historians who dare to bring their accounts fully up to date. Mazower promises much with such early sardonic remarks as ‘communism turned out to be the last, and perhaps the highest, stage of imperialism’ p.
Aside from identifying Albert Speer as an unwitting progenitor of the future European Union, Mazower could have gone further in demonstrating the continuities between the Nazi Neuordnung across eastern Europe and the ‘Soviet Reich’ or Communist ‘Newer Order’ which was its almost inevitable successor.
Refresh and try again. In both Western and Eastern Europe a drive for consumer goods in the 60s and 70s replaced heroic post-war rebuilding efforts. A profound work on European 20th century history which gives a lot of useful insights. It took me a long time to mazoaer through this but it was worth it. If Mazower’s closing date is effectively and justifiablyhis practical clntinent date is, more controversially, around Social and economic concerns were to be prioritised over financial capitalism, full employment policies should be the norm and democracies would have to cooperate for mutual gains.
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The quality of the coverage for the later twentieth century also lacks the authority and verve of the earlier chapters. Mazower is very versatile in his analysis of economic, cultural, political and military factors, and is able to grasp them all equally well. The decolonisation of overseas empire, surely a grand theme of post-war western Europe rates barely a mention. The chronological run of Mazower’s twentieth century – from to therefore bears comparison with Eric Hobsbawm’s recent Age of Extremes: To restrict discussion to the European continent alone, the dilemma may well lie in attempting to concoct a phrase which has equal and appropriate application to the entire century.
For example, he doesn’t just tell you continemt politics changed in Europe after the Nazi defeat and how but why they changed the way they did and how those changes effected things later.
Much of the book will seem like revie Absolutely excellent, engagingly written synopsis of the dynamics and currents which have shaped Europe’s troubled history in the dak century.
Mar 29, Ann rated it really liked it. Europe’s Twentieth Centuryreview no. Is Mazower running out of steam as he moves further away from his specialist period of the s? As such, he gives particular attention to models that competed with it, fascism and communism, and looks into what made them so appealing to Europeans.
Rark 25, Alan Gerstle rated it really liked it.
Moreover, the developments of the immediate post period, many of which were to become institutionalised for some forty years, were direct legatees of the Second World War in general and the Nazi ‘New Order’ in particular.
By telling the entire history of the century, the author avoids falling into the easy periodization that most other histories follow. But still it remained unread for years until I realised it’s a recommended textbook for one of the courses in my university department. This mazowee not a heavy historical account – instead it is suffused with clarity, wisdom, and insight.
Excellent interpretation of 20th Century Europe. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in modern European history. His chronological cut-off point in reality lies around Maythe date of the Labour Party triumph in the most recent British general election.