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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It’s not so much factual though it is loaded with facts as “causal”–why things happened the way they did, how those things caused other things, etc. We are also terribly wrong to assume that there was anything self-destructive about the new European order as it emerged in the late s: I was taken in by the promise of the cover blurb and the first few pages – that this would be a book discussing how fascism and communism were not abberations imposed on a freedom-loving Europe, but competing solutions for social and economic problems, and how many of the features we associate today with democratic Europe have their clearest precursors not in the I bought this for a dollar from the cheap rack outside the secondhand bookshop on campus, the source of so much of my reading material.
He recounts forced migration after the war 12 million Germans expelled from Eastern Europeethnic cleansing that combining with Nazi horrors left Eastern European countries far more ethnically homogenous than before the conflict.
The Short Twentieth Century,albeit retarded some five years.
Much of the book will seem like review to seasoned readers of European history, but it is continen well-written and manages to engage the reader throughout, which is not always the case with histories on such a grand scale, which can tend towards dryness and oversaturation with hard facts. Quotes from Dark Continent: It could, nevertheless, be argued that his sensitivity lets him down over the ‘gypsies’. Professor Raymond Pearson University of Ulster.
In this respect, Dark Continent could not, for example, be recommended as a first-year student textbook, though its value to brighter students later in their undergraduate careers is indisputable. Europe’s Twentieth Century Vintage Series.
No trivia or quizzes yet. The chronological run of Mazower’s twentieth century – from to therefore bears comparison with Eric Hobsbawm’s recent Age of Extremes: His chronological cut-off point in reality lies around Maythe date of the Labour Party triumph in the most recent British general election.
Sort of like Jonah Goldberg’s ‘ Liberal Fascism: Nov 02, Wessel rated it really liked it. 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.
To turn abruptly from low continenr to high tragedy, the graphic description of the almost Apocalyptic demographic damage and displacement of the crucial mazoower of the s is a related highpoint of Mazower’s narrative.
Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower
He shows the history of Europe in the 20th century as a struggle that could have gone a different way multiple times in its history, rather than a black-and-white story of progress towards “end of conttinent liberal democracies.
This is certainly a tenable historical position, although some introductory impression of the pre world never comes amiss. Great examples, thoughtful and contrary arguments, incredibly enlightening. If, however, Mazoaer did not contribute the copy dari the cover blurb, it would seem that the reputation of his formidable scholarship has not been well served by his publisher.
Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next.
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.
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Mazower would certainly be among the last to subscribe to any future not-mentioning-the-war Basil Fawlty school of twentieth-century history.
This book is a good general history of Europe in the 20th, continetn an actual point. Jun 15, Joanna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 03, Paul Fitz-George rated it it was amazing. Jun 24, Robert Morris rated it really liked it.
Author’s Response Mark Mazower. Professor Raymond Pearson, review of Dark Continent: Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europ’s past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts. A very interesting ckntinent important book that will have to be taken into account for decades to come. I thought this was a tremendously well-written historical journey through the tragic history of Europe in the 20th Century by an eminent historian.
See 1 question about Dark Continent…. Nov 28, Sandy rated contineht really liked it.
Once read, you will be impressed and given a sense of foreboding for the future. Just a few months away from the yearhistorians are infected with their very own peculiar form of millenium bug, feverishly impelled to jump the chronological gun and produce a retrospective evaluation of the entire twentieth century in the grim hope that nothing too radical will occur in to overtake their premature rush to fin-de-siecle judgement.
If my title helps stimulate such sweeping reflections then it will coninent out not to have been entirely beside the point. In conclusion, Part 1 brought me some new interesting perspectives and things to th The book is basically separated between two parts: A breath-taking analysis of the European family sometimes uneasy and conflicted relationship in the 20th Century. The quality of the coverage for the later twentieth century also lacks the authority and verve of the earlier chapters. In general, this is a great book.
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