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Mazower orders his examination chronologically, commencing with the collapse of Europe's continental empires following World War I and the initial European experiments in democracy and national self-determination which followed. He continues with analyses of state interventions in family health and the importance of healthy progeny, the financial crisis of the 1920s, the Hitler regime, the transformed democracy that emerged following World War II, the gradual erosion of the social state in the 1980s, and, finally, the collapse of communism. He consistently displays a firm grip of European history, directing his argument to readers with a foundational knowledge of the events that shaped 20th century Europe rather than historical novices unfamiliar with the period. Provocatively insightful, Dark Continent makes a convincing argument for a European 21st century characterized by continuity and harmony through divergence. "If Europeans can give up their desperate desire to find a single, workable definition of themselves," Mazower concludes, "they may come to terms more easily with the diversity and dissension which will be as much their future as their past." --Bertina Loeffler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dark Continent was written by Mark Mazower a British historian who now teaches at Columbia University. Mazower reviews Europe's schizophrenic 20th century. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Lindsay
Excellent and detailed history of Europe from WW1 through to the end of WW2. My only reservation is the style. This might be a revised academic work but is well worth readingPublished 6 months ago by J. Harnett
Not a very interesting book. The pages were mixed up, but the shipping was quick and on time.Published 7 months ago by Amber Isbell
In this fascinating history, author Mark Mazower traces this history of Europe from the end of the First World War, through to when the book was written in 1998. Read morePublished 20 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Bought this book for my son for school and it is exactly as promised. It was reasonable priced and shipping was quick.Published 23 months ago by Daniel Killmer