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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Ahistorical third-rate Guardian op-ed bullshit. As Mazower himself so tellingly remarks, the first half-century claimed over sixty million European lives, the second half-century less than one million lives p.
The title does a disservice to Mazower by implying black-and-white judgements on a uniformly benighted history, not the sophisticated and balanced interpretation of a lightening, even brightening history that he so conscientiously delivers. Riveting up daek and including World War Two; after that a much more ordinary history, and its epilogue on Europe today — in — reads sadly now.
Everyone should mazoer this book.
The Short Twentieth Century,albeit retarded some five years. Clear explication regarding the rise of fascism and just what it professed. Mazower is not unaware of what appears to be neglect of the later twentieth century: The author has a lot of facts and anecdotes about the twentieth century, but something was missing.
One point concerns the relationship between the two halves of the century and the scholarly commentary they have generated. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the unfortunate combination of circumstances in 20th C Europe that led to the largest human slaughter in both World Wars, as well as how the continent finally learned to live in peace during the second half of the century.
I read this book while studying for my history degree, although it can be quite a difficult read at times dagk is packed cnotinent information. It is also a book you look forward to reading, as if you are listening to a vastly knowledgeable, erudite, yet friendly historical guide. Dark Continent is neither an introductory survey, a comprehensive text-book nor an ingratiating ‘good read’. I finished the book the day after the British exit referendum.
Neither is the book popular history, since it implicitly presupposes at least a basic knowledge of the events and developments of twentieth-century Europe yet plays down the historical elements of personality and drama. Is Europe any ‘darker’ than the other four continents over the twentieth century? To refer to the Rom by their pejorative – maozwer time-dishonoured – exonym is offensive enough; but repeatedly not capitalising ‘Gypsy’ as on pages 32, 41, 53, 99 and and therefore implying membership of an inferior national category only adds gratuitous insult to massive if not quite Jewish-scale wartime injury.
He writes and broadcasts regularly on current developments in the Balkans. Though I have to point out that I prefer I had bought this book as a gift with some newspaper. Preview — Dark Continent by Mark Mazower. If, however, Mazower did not contribute amzower copy for the cover blurb, it would seem that the reputation of his formidable scholarship has not been well served by his publisher. jazower
Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower
Leftist perspective, scholarly, not comprehensive but didn’t set out to be. Positioned midway between academic and popular history, which do not necessarily represent two stools between which to fall, the book might be most darm characterised as accessible ‘serious’ history.
The chapters on the Nazi Germany and its racial war were the best part of the book. Common terms and phrases Allies American argued Austria authoritarian became Bolshevik bourgeois Britain British camps capitalism cent central century Cited civil Cold War collapse communism communist conservative constitution continent countries crisis culture Czech Czechoslovakia decade democracy E.
While strong on ‘low culture’ and prolific in his provision of contemporary quotations illustrating the mentalites of changing European society, Mazower is weak on the ‘high’ or ‘classic’ culture of literature, music and art.
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Thus anti-Semitism, genocide, ethnic cleansing were “natural” extensions of such interwar experiments cintinent democracy. Excellent interpretation of 20th Century Europe.
Much of the book will seem like review to seasoned readers dzrk European history, but it is truly 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. His chronological cut-off point in reality lies around Maythe date of the Labour Party triumph in the most recent British general election.
References to this book Europe Undivided: It is well worth a read for anyone who has an interest in 20th Century European history. Europe since has certainly not been all light still less sweetness but there has certainly been eark improvement over the pre period. Absolutely excellent, engagingly written synopsis of the dynamics and currents which have shaped Europe’s troubled history in the 20th century.
At some times even prophetic! Though I have to point out that I prefer ancient history or at least modern military history continennt I can’t say Cintinent loved it This is not a heavy historical account – instead it is suffused with clarity, wisdom, and insight.
Where other histories of the twentieth century make a feature of sets of contemporary photographs notably Hobsbawm’s Age of ExtremesMazower’s conscious emphasis on the essentially unpictorial and unfilmable, even invisible processes of mazowe development renders illustrations inappropriate, distracting and even irrelevant. Mar 16, Stella rated it it was amazing Shelves: Europe’s Twentieth Century is therefore Britain-orientated or even an offensively British history of Europe would, however, be a mistake.
An absolute five stars for the first half of the century, presented as a struggle between three ideologies: We keep making dramatically similar mistakes.
The Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century
Apr 11, Tim rated it it was amazing. In conclusion, Part 1 brought me some new interesting perspectives and things to th The book is basically separated between two parts: It is a great book, and provides a quick and comprehensive rark of Europe’s last century.
Books by Mark Mazower. Refresh and try again. Nov 02, Wessel rated it really liked it.
His interpretation of the brief duration but enduring legacy of the Nazi Neuordnung across much of Europe is entirely convincing: I could have read nothing better to come to terms with the fact that fascism is again popular, and liberal democracy, not for the first time, shaky.
Nor does Mazower have any truck with contemporary ‘de-emphasising’ of the impact of the Second World War Michael Naumann, the German Minister of Culture, may have recently accused the British of an unhealthy cultish obsession with the Second World War, ostensibly an oddity given the relatively low British casualty rate. It gives one a terrific sense of the connectedness of history.
To offer a searing indictment of the Conrinent Holocaust is as emotionally shocking as it is historically necessary but Mazower shows commendable restraint and exemplary objectivity: