The Penguin History of Europe, Paperback
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Comprehensive in its scope and brilliantly readable, this is a superb follow-up to the author's bestselling "Penguin History of the World".

Beginning with prehistory and the early civilizations of the Aegean, "The Penguin History of Europe" traces the development of European identity in its many guises, through the age of Christendom, the Middle Ages, early Modern history and the old European order.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 752 pages, index
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Reference works
  • ISBN: 9780140265613



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It must have been a hard task, sitting down to write the history of Europe and keeping it under 700 pages (not including the index). Mr Roberts does a magnificent job; he has produced here an enormously satisfying work that introduces at least all of the principal and most relevant events of the last three or so thousand years, and explains them in a way that makes their importance really stand out.However, no history ever can be said to be complete, or completely accurate; for instance, in describing the Oil Crisis of the 1970s he states that Russia was almost entirely unaffected by events in the Gulf, whereas from recently revealed Soviet documents one can almost say that the Oil Crisis was the first step in the downfall of the Soviet Empire. That, though, is no reason to abandon this book.