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Norman Davies
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20 janvier 1998
Here is a masterpiece of historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West. Norman Davies captures it all-the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric and Atilla, the Norman Conquests, the Papal struggles for power, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars. This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive: 299 time capsules scattered through the narrative capture telling aspects of an era. 12 -snapshots offer a panoramic look at all of Europe at a particular moment in history. Full coverage of Eastern Europe—100 maps and diagrams, 72 black-and-white plates.All told, Davies’'s Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years.

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"Any European or world citizen should read this. History that illuminates the present day" (T. S. Learner Big Issue) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Norman Davies C. M. G., F. B. A. is Professor Emeritus of the University of London, a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of several books on Polish and European history, including God's Playground, White Eagle, Red Star, The Isles, Microcosm and Europe: East and West. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Broché: 1392 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Perennial (20 janvier 1998)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0060974680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060974688
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,5 x 15,8 x 5,9 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 une fabuleuse plongee dans l'histoire de l'europe 22 juin 2005
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ce livre est tout simplement extraorinaire de part la richesse de son contenu! En plus, il se lit comme un roman, et les encart presents tout au long du livre presentant des anecdotes, ou approfondissant un detail rendent la lecture de ce pave presque ludique.Quand a la rigueur historique, rien a redire. A conseiller a tous les amoureux d'histoire!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un chef d'oeuvre! 23 mars 2011
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Quel travail de fou!
Norman Davies a surmonté un defie...! C'est en survolant l'histoire de l'Europe que les développements deviennent perceptibles... J'ai adoré!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un des meilleurs 13 septembre 2010
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Ce livre d'histoire est un véritable trésor. D'abord facile, bien écrit, rempli d'anecdotes et d'encarts précisant les faits, il dresse un portrait sans pitié et parfois iconclaste de l'Europe. A conseiller à tout amateur d'histoire qui en fera son livre de chevet.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 emballage 20 octobre 2013
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J'ai mis cette note, car le livre a le coin du dos applati, comme si il était tombé. Est-ce avant de l'emballer ou lors du transport ? En tout cas, pour un livre neuf c'est inadmissible.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An invaluable desk reference as well as fascinating history 6 janvier 2004
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This book has proven to be one of my most valuable desk references. I wished I had bought the hardback, given the wear and tear on it over the 6 years I have had it. Davies has done a marvelous job of condensing a tremendous amount of history into one volume. He approaches it in a three-fold way. He provides a richly flowing narrative that covers the story of Europe much like an epic novel. He intersperses the narrative with an extensive series of "Capsules" that take in special events and interesting asides in the development of a European identity. Lastly, he provides a massive set of appendices that cover everything from royal lines to WWII death tolls.
The narrative is divided into a set of 12 chapters that cover broad periods of time starting with the environment and prehistory of the contintnet to the Cold War era. Davies has a tremendous command of the events which shaped Europe. His strength lies in his understanding of Eastern Europe, and in particular Poland, expanding the breadth of the continent beyond its usual eastern borders. In fact one might say that Davies has made the case to rethink European history along Eastern European lines, which is the logical extension of his earlier two-volume history of Poland. He takes in Russian history, with special attention to its Slavic roots. He deals with the inevitable conflicts that arose and provides good summaries of the World Wars. He deals with the restoration of Western Europe and the demise of Eastern Europe following WWII along ideological lines, noting how one rose at the expense of the other. He chooses to end his narrative with the collapse of the Soviet Union, providing a short epilogue on his thoughts concerning the new allignments in Europe.
The numerous capsules are a very interesting approach in dealing with cultural aspects of Europe. He offers an astonishing array of anecdotes in these capsules such as the origins of Dr. Faustas to the transcendental nature of the famous war song, Lili Marlene. Although he covers much of the cultural history of Europe in his narrative, it is in these capsules that one finds many fascinating aspects of this cultural history and how it has evolved over the century.
The appendices cover a lot of ground, illustruating some of the iconography of Europe, providing extensive lists of everything from the Popes and Patriarchs of Rome to a selection of the works and authors banned by the Papal Index. He provides numerous maps and charts to help guide you through the rough and tumble history of Europe, and provides accurate death tolls of the World Wars. He also provides extensive book notes as well as an excellent index to help guide you in subsequent searches.
This is probably the best one-volume history of Europe available today and one that will serve you will in gaining an understanding of this rich and varied continent. His rich prose makes it a pleasure to read and his excellent index allows for quick searches to look up key events. A book that will find its place with all your other desk references or by your armchair for a long and enjoyable read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Unique Balanced Perspective On European History 9 septembre 2002
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This is a totally absorbing, sparkling romp over the just completed millennium of European history. A fantastic job, although I will agree with other reviewers that this can be a tough read if you are not already familiar with much of the range of ethnic and national history.
Davies clearly states his premise in the Introduction.....his desire to provide a single volumn survey that provides an evenly magnified view from both the number of pages per year and the geographic/ethnic perspective of the writer. His objective is to avoid focusing on recent centuries or recently predominant cultures at the expense of more distant or less studied times or regions. This alone is a worthy effort and makes the entire tome almost an obligatory read for a serious amateur historian like myself.
Davies provides several ingenious aids to your perspective as you plow through this vast field of information. There are 300 capsules that entertain as well as provide tangential sideshows. (Did you know that Pope John Paul II approved the exhumation of Elizabeth of Austria's tomb in 1973 in an attempt to foser Polish patriotism, yet 16 people may have died from the bacilli that were released? Or, how about stretching your mind by trying to comprehend the horror of Stalin's genocidal act of state policy as he created an artificial famine by cordoning off the Ukraine in 1932-3 until 7 million people were dead?) This is a powerful book.
Even better is the orientation of the European maps throughout the book so that you are looking at them with the west uppermost, thus viewing the continent as the first settlers (and more importantly, central and eastern Europeans) perceived their relationships. Especially for those of us with anglized perspectives, it's a very good thing to see the distance and small scale with which the western European nations hold by comparison with the mass of the rest of the continent.
This book is remarkable in the unique perceptual orientations it provides. When added to the balanced approach of the quantity of text, there is a true effort to provide a non-western European view and this is very much needed. A great job and a worthy read for anyone serious about the past of our species.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Excellent Overview with Much Detail! 2 janvier 2001
Par Paul Brazis - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read both Robert's and Davies' books on general European history. Robert's book is an excellent, concise introduction to the history of Europe that can be read in several weeks. After reading Robert's text, one has a good concept and understanding of the "basics." Davies' book includes all of the data covered by Roberts but goes into much greater detail, including many names, locations, etc only alluded to in Robert's work. The "capsules" that occur throughout the volume are indeed irritating but sometimes interesting. The stressing of Eastern Europe is not a problem and often adds much interesting information. Davies' book is much more "meaty" than Roberts'. Thus, if you want a concise introduction and review of a very extensive topic, read Roberts; if you want a more comprehensive and involved text, read Davies; or ideally, read both but start with Robert's text!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My European Guidebook 7 août 2005
Par Hoke - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I lived in Europe for 3 1/2 years while in the Army. I lived in Germany and was deployed to Kosovo for over a year. I traveled to nearly 20 countries and countless cities in that time. This book was with me for it all.

With this book Davies attempts the enormous task of trying to plot the entire history of Europe from its creation up until modern times. Although no work of this type could possibly be complete in one volume, Davies does a very good job in hitting almost everything you could want.

This is essentially a reference book. It gives you a good starting point on almost any subject or period you are interested in. I would suggest a basic knowledge of European history before trying to read this cover to cover like I did.

Even though it is rather bulky I took it with me on all of my travels. Every city I went to I used this to maximize my travel so that I could focus on what I thought would be most interesting. Lets face it a normal guidebook will bring you to the places a tourist would find interesting and not what is necessarily historically significant.

Although there are a lot of books that are more specific than this work in any given area none are as complete a compendium as this work is. If you are a student of history then this book is a necessity.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 By far the best history book 9 mai 2005
Par Jonathan (Kjudos) - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having read much on Europe over the years through books on specific parts of it, books on Europe itself (including J.M. Roberts' 'The Penguin History of Europe') and books more on the history of Europe and the world as a whole (inc. 'A History of the Modern World', by R.R. Palmer, et el), I am absolutely certain that 'Europe: A History' is the best history book out there. I cannot possibly praise this book enough and it has set in my mind an almost impossible standard for other history books to follow. May I say that Davies leaves Roberts in the dust?!

As other reviewers tell you, Davies' style is absolutely compelling, and every page-turning chapter also includes fascinating boxed-texts ('capsules'), periodical chapter summaries, and very likely comprehensive charts, graphs and similar information in the extensive appendices that are also provided. All this makes not just for a book, but for a near tomb of information that can be read again and again. As big as it is, I would sooner throw out a pair of good shoes than demote it from pride of place in my traveller's backpack.

The most obvious thing about 'Europe: A History' is that it doesn't ignore significant chunks of Europe! Many writers on Europe - Roberts included - focus so much on Western Europe (Germany, France, and especially England) that recently converted arm-chair historians could be forgiven for thinking that the rest of Europe never existed until post WWI. For example, Roberts practically sums up the whole of Poland prior to WWI in just one page [p. 177], and the impression given is that Russia was always Poland's elder brother and often rightly its political dictator. In this example, Davies demonstrates just how significant and advanced a kingdom Poland-Lithuania was, and this was when Muscovite Russia was still paying tribute to the tartars in Kazan.

But although Davies loves Poland, he doesn't make the mistake of forgetting about the other players too. Russia is still probably covered more extensively (her history having had more of an impact on the whole of Europe), however none but perhaps the very smallest of countries doesn't get her fair share of recognition. A one volume history cannot set out to cover every single detail and historical happening. Naturally, Davies' aim is to discuss key events that have shaped Europe into what she is today (as they have shaped much of the world), but through his style of chapters, capsules, summaries and appendices, he also succeeds at capturing many small glimpses of another side of Europe that is normally neglected within a book of such scope. Davies writes with more than just historical authority, he uses a well-trained imagination to create a text that is wholly more real and personal. My own imagination began to run totally wild, and for the several months that it took me to complete the book (I'm a slow, but I like to think a 'thorough' and 'methodical', reader) I practically lived European history from the start of every discussion to the end of every dream. If you read only one book on Europe, let it be this one. If you have already read other books on (or covering) Europe, then you have done well to save the best to last.
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