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The Oxford History of Modern Europe Kindle Edition

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In the introduction to the Oxford Illustrated History of Modern Europe, T.C.W. Blanning argues that, in many ways, the essence of modern man is that he is self-consciously dynamic. We are attracted to change--it captures the eye much more than stability. This excellent book reveals much about the things that have changed in Europe since 1789--and, just as importantly, the things that have remained constant. The eleven essays in this collection (written by some of the biggest names in the field of European history, such as Princeton's Harold James, U.C. Berkeley's Martin Jay, and Richard Overy of King's College, London) focus on various aspects of European society, from politics and economics to high culture and social structures, and analyze both the changes and the engines of those changes. In his standout essay on the changing nature of warfare, 1789-1918, Hew Strachan argues that this military modernization cannot simply be explained by new technology and that more emphasis must be placed on changing ideas. Strachan and the other authors for the most part eschew jargon and present an authoritative set of essays complemented by over 240 arresting color and black-and-white illustrations. Many of the chapters would be suitable readings for upper-division history courses, and the thorough index, detailed chronology, and suggestions for further reading would be a great help to students. This book is accessible to the general reader while remaining valuable to the scholar--and is immensely readable to boot. --C.B. Delaney

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YA?Arranged in roughly chronological order, essays discuss the significant aspects of politics, economy, conflicts, culture, and industrialization in Europe from 1750 to 1995. Each chapter is by a different scholar in the field and is approximately 30 pages long. The effects of constant change are evident throughout. Although writing styles vary, the insightful essays are accessible to high school students with some history background. Black-and-white photographs appear adjacent to the text they clarify. Full-color illustrations are placed on plates in relevant chapters. They include buildings, posters, people, paintings, and cartoons. The chronology is especially detailed, which helps students to see the progression or build up to a more significant event. Each author has contributed to the thorough bibliography. Six clear maps trace the changing borders of countries from 1789 to 1995. An excellent resource for AP European history classes.?Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax,
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1690 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (June 29, 2000)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2000
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N19DPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Blanning's text on the history of modern Europe starts in the last eighteenth century, with the beginning of the French Revolution, often acknowledged by scholars today as a watershed event in the formation of modern Europe. The ramifications of this event led not only to political and military change throughout the continent of Europe (and, by extension of influence, the rest of the world), but also had profound impact on art, literature, music, philosophy, church and all else that comprises European society.
Blanning, a professor of history at Cambridge, provided editorial direction for the text, and also contributed one of the chapters of the book. The topics and chapters are overlapping, sometimes focused upon a particular theme (Warfare in Europe since 1918, by Richard Overy, is one such example) or along broad topical lines (Industrialisation of Modern Europe, 1750-1914, by Clive Trebilcock is representative here).
The first chapter is devoted to politics from the French Revolution to the First World War. John Roberts examines in this chapter politics internal to various nations as well as the foreign relations among the European states, culminating first in the Congress of Vienna after the Napoleonic era, to its final breakdown in the First World War. The changing face of politics across the European continent in terms of increasingly democratic structures and a lessening of royal and aristocratic government is a common theme. These themes are carried forward in essays on the reordering of European society (Pamela Pilbeam), the upheavals during the interwar period (Paul Preston), changes in recent European society (Richard Bessel) and the final, up-to-date analysis by David Reynolds.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RDECO on August 31, 2013
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For those looking for a single volume over view of 19th and 20th century history, or much else, they are doomed to disappointment.

It is really more of a series of essays on historical topics, some of interest, but non true historical narratives as the title suggests.
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5 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 2, 2011
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Each chapter in this textbook is written by a different author. It is not consistent and the writing styles do not flow. One of the worst history books ever compiled. There are much better history textbooks available.
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