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A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin by Simon Jenkins

The first short, single-volume history of the continent – from the Dark Ages to present day – by the author of the bestselling A Short History of England

Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom.

From Greece and Rome, through the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up now, Jenkins takes in leaders including Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Wellington and Angela Merkel, along with cultural figures like Aristotle, Shakespeare and Picasso.

In one concise book for the very first time, Jenkins brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale – all with his insight, colour and authority.

PRAISE FOR SIMON JENKINS:

‘Full of stand-out facts . . . absolutely fascinating’ Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on A Short History of England

‘Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece’ Independent, Books of the Year on England’s Thousand Best Churches

‘Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant’ Adam Nicolson on England’s Thousand Best Houses, Evening Standard

‘Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought’ Michael Wood on A Short History of England, New Statesman

‘Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book’ Max Hastings on England’s Thousand Best Houses, Sunday Telegraph

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Format

Paperback

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ISBN

0241352525

Condition

Used Good

Language

English

Pages

400

Year Published

2019

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

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