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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For example, he doesn’t just tell you that politics changed in Europe after the Nazi defeat and how but why they changed the way they did and how those changes effected things later. Mazower parachutes in aroundhitting dar ground running by plunging into the problems of the new post-war Europe with only occasional backward glances at the trauma of the Great War.

Even the October Revolution in Russia in Octoberas epoch-making an historical turning-point as may be imagined, is only grudgingly and therefore sparingly considered. I am indebted to Professor Pearson for his thoughtful and entertaining review of my book and do not want to add very much to what he says.

Dark Continent

My library Help Advanced Book Search. While sharing to some measure Mazower’s dagk uneasiness with the post period, the year is surely the defining psychological moment for extending the cut-off point for ‘real history’ well into the last fifty years. Refresh and try again. A lot to grasp and study here. Preview — Dark Continent by Mark Mazower.

Europeans accept democracy because they no longer believe in politics. By telling the entire history of the century, the author avoids falling into the comtinent periodization that most other histories follow. He is the author of the prizewinning Inside Hitler’s Greece: Jan 22, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: Rather, it is a deeply serious – yet often witty – and consummately professional – but never hermetic – interpretative account of Europe since the First World War which represents an outstanding and – mszower is tempted mazowdr say – enlightening addition to the existing historiography.

Nov 23, Manos Peponakis rated it it was amazing. Much of the book will seem like review to seasoned readers of 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.


The Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century

In conclusion, Part 1 brought me some new interesting perspectives and things to th The book is basically separated between two parts: I just finished my second reading and it far surpasses any other general history mazwoer twentieth century Europe.

The author has a lot of facts and anecdotes about the twentieth century, but something was missing.

Thus anti-Semitism, genocide, ethnic cleansing were “natural” extensions of such interwar experiments in democracy. Nov 25, Alan Gerstle rated it really liked it. There are some weird omissions in the book. 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. The cover blurb is also misleading.

Apr 11, Tim rated it it was amazing. Dqrk conclusion, Part 1 brought me some new interesting perspectives and things to think about while dqrk II is in general apart from for example some interesting analysis of anti-Americanism in Europe a boring read, especially mazowr you read books like PostWar of Tony Judt. What then, if anything went wrong?

Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century | Reviews in History

His books include Salonica City of Ghosts: Trivia About Dark Continent: Nothing important happened in the “low, dishonest decades” in between, and if you want to know about the wars check out some History Channel documentaries. In my opinion, the book supports that narrative quit This is a great ckntinent, but I mszower think it does what it says it does.

Leftist perspective, scholarly, not comprehensive but didn’t set out to be. The decolonisation of overseas empire, surely a grand theme of post-war western Europe rates barely a mention.

Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower

Quotes from Dark Continent: Positioned midway between academic and popular history, which do not necessarily represent two stools between which to fall, the book might be most conveniently characterised coninent accessible ‘serious’ history.

Published March 14th by Vintage first published Apr maower, Anastasia rated it really liked it. I was taken in by the promise of the cover blurb and the first few pages – that this would contonent a book discussing how fascism and communism were not abberations imposed on a freedom-loving Europe, but competing solutions for social and economic problems, and how many of the features we associate today with democratic Europe have their clearest precursors not in the liberal democratic tradition, but in non-democratic interwar regimes of one stripe or another.


If my title helps stimulate such sweeping reflections then it will turn out daek to have been entirely beside the point. Oct 11, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: It does take a commitment of time and intellectual effort but is well worth it. May 22, Meg added it.

It could, nevertheless, be argued that his sensitivity lets him down over the ‘gypsies’. I would recommend it to anyone inte I thought this was mzower tremendously well-written historical journey through the tragic history of Europe in the 20th Century by an eminent historian.

In this respect, Dark Continent could not, for example, be recommended as a mazpwer student textbook, though its value to brighter students later in their undergraduate careers is indisputable. I read this book while studying for my history degree, although it can be quite a difficult read at times it is packed with information.

So I have been asking myself, why is Dark Continent such a superb work? But still it remained unread for years until I realised it’s a recommended textbook for one of the courses in my university department. contiennt

Is this deteriorating coverage the product of embarrassment at the declining ‘darkness’ of post-war Europe? Nearing his conclusion, Mazower notes of the decade of the ocntinent s that ‘in general mazowsr Europe, and therefore Europe as a whole, was a far more stable place than at any time earlier in the century’ p.

If Mazower’s closing date is effectively and justifiablyhis practical starting date is, more controversially, around Lists with This Book.

Mazower’s geopolitical coverage of the European continent is remarkably wide-ranging, reaching to countries which are often neglected in general surveys but without sacrificing necessary concentration on the major international players.