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The Global Age : Europe 1950-2017 - Ian Kershaw

The Global Age

Europe 1950-2017

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2019
ISBN: 9780735223981
Number Of Pages: 704

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The final chapter in the Penguin History of Europe series from the acclaimed scholar and author of To Hell and Back

After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the twentieth century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as being 'to Hell and back,' the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of Europe. Enormous economic improvements transformed the continent. The catastrophic era of the world wars receded into an ever more distant past, though its long shadow continued to shape mentalities.

Yet Europe was now a divided continent, living under the nuclear threat in a period intermittently fraught with anxiety. There were, by most definitions, striking successes: the Soviet bloc melted away, dictatorships vanished, and Germany was successfully reunited. But accelerating globalization brought new fragilities. The interlocking crises after 2008 were the clearest warnings to Europeans that there was no guarantee of peace and stability, and, even today, the continent threatens further fracturing.

In this remarkable book, Ian Kershaw has created a grand panorama of the world we live in and where it came from. Drawing on examples from all across Europe, The Global Age is an endlessly fascinating portrait of the recent past and present, and a cautious look into our future.

Industry Reviews

Praise for The Global Age:

"Kershaw directs his considerable talents to the fall of the Berlin Wall, reunification of Germany, and the 'global exposure' of newly vulnerable Europe . . . this is a terrific roundup by a trusted historian, featuring an extensive bibliography for further reading." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

". . .brilliant . . . Writing a 67-year history of a continent with more than 40 countries is a monumental task, and Kershaw has done so with unflagging narrative drive and fine prose." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Nearly 20 years after Francis Fukuyama proclaimed that the collapse of the Soviet Empire meant "the end of history," Kershaw shows in this capacious account of Europe since 1950 that history continues to gyrate and perplex . . . An ambitious and thought-provoking chronicle." --Booklist (starred)

"Likely to be the basic text on European history for some time. It's a plus that it's well written and tells a fascinating a tale." --Library Journal (starred)

Praise for To Hell and Back:

"Magisterial. . . . Kershaw handles the dark materials of his story with extraordinary grace, weaving his themes together with admirable analytical clarity. . . . Kershaw's account is illuminating precisely because it tightens the focus of the analysis, allowing us to see the continent as a diagram of contending forces, like the storm fronts and wind barbs on a weather map."--Christopher Clark, The New York Review of Books

"Remarkable and eminently readable. . . . Kershaw's book will deliver a jolt to American readers."--The Boston Globe

"Mr. Kershaw has written a fair-minded, deeply researched and highly readable book that will serve as the first point of departure for anyone wishing to understand Europe's most terrible decades."--The Wall Street Journal

"Magisterial."--The Economist

ISBN: 9780735223981
ISBN-10: 073522398X
Series: Penguin History of Europe
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 30th April 2019
Publisher: Viking
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5  x 5.8
Weight (kg): 1.0

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