The Shortest History of Europe
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: John Hirst
- Publish Date: 2012-06-01
Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation.
The Shortest History of EuropeÂ begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation, describing its birth from an unlikely mixture of classical learning, Christianity and German warrior culture. Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters â pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome â and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times.
Accompanied by lively illustrations,Â The Shortest History of EuropeÂ is a clear, humorous and thought-provoking account of a remarkable civilisation. This new edition brings the story into the present, covering the world wars and beyond.