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A history of modern Europe

from the Renaissance to the present

1st ed.

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Published by W.W. Norton in New York .
Written in English

About the Book

Why a new history of modern Europe? The collapse of Communism in 1989- 1990 and the breakup of the Soviet Union have redrawn the map of Central and Eastern Europe. A reconfigured Europe calls for a new history. This survey of modern European history explores the roots of the economic and political problems that continue to beset Western and Eastern Europe. For example, it shows how the simmering ethnic tensions that burst into bloody civil war in Bosnia after the disintegration of Yugoslavia echoed the quarrels that eroded the stately Habsburg monarchy a century earlier. To convey an understanding of the complex tensions that still exist in Europe, this survey offers balanced coverage of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as of the West. I have adopted a narrative framework with the goals of both telling a story and analyzing the central themes of the European experience. Each chapter of A History of Modern Europe can be read as part of a larger, interconnected story. Moreover, this book stresses the dynamics of economic, social, and political change. - Preface.

Table of Contents

Part one : Foundations.
Medieval legacies and transforming discoveries
The Renaissance
The two Reformations
The wars of religion
Part two : Statemaking.
The rise of the Atlantic economy : Spain and England
England and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century
The Age of Absolutism, 1650-1720
Part three : New cultural and political horizons.
The new philosophy of science
Eighteenth-century economic and social change
Enlightened thought and the Republic of Letters
Eighteenth-century dynastic rivalries and politics
Part four : Revolutionary Europe.
The French Revolution
Napoleon and Europe
Challenges to Restoration Europe
The middle classes in the Age of Liberalism
The Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850
The revolutions of 1848
Part five : The age of mass politics.
The era of national unification
The dominant powers in the Age of Liberalism : Britain, France, and Russia
Rapid industrialization and its challenges, 1870-1914
Mass politics and nationalism
The age of European imperialism
The origins of the Great War
Part six : Cataclysm.
The Great War
Revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union
The elusive search for stability in the 1920s
The Europe of depression and dictatorship
World War II
Part seven : Europe in the post-war era.
Rebuilding divided Europe
The emergence of contemporary Europe and the collapse of communism
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 1411-1432) and index.


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D228 .M485 1996

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xxxiv, 1515 p.
Number of pages
24 x x centimeters

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