A History of Europe

  • by J. M. Roberts
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 38 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has managed to exert so profound an influence on the rest of the world? Roberts's sweeping and entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect, for good and ill, on everything touched by those Western values that originated in Europe.Beginning with its Paleolithic origins and the early civilizations of the Aegean, Roberts traces the development of the European identity over the course of thousands of years, ranging across empires and religions, economics, science, and the arts. Antiquity, the age of Christendom, the Middle Ages, early modern history, and the old European order are all surveyed in turn, with particular emphasis given to the turbulent 20th century.


What the Critics Say

"A lucid, convincing introductory guide, certainly the best such summation currently available." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The appearance of A History of Europe by J.M. Roberts is...timely and welcome." (New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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An example of why so many find History boring.

As a lifelong academic and lover of history, I cringe inside when someone says that history is boring because all it is is names and dates and "this happened then that happened in this year and that year, test on Monday." History is about the uncovering of the past, and finding the truth and what it means for us. Real history is about interpreting and collecting evidence, and telling a compelling and useful story. Real history is so much more than names and dates, it is supposed to inform us of truths about the human condition by examining people in different times and places.

This book, however, is "history" in the boring sense that so many think history is. No interpretive work is done, no attempt is made to form a more personal narrative, and if you payed attention in your high school World History course, this book is not likely to tell you anything new. My fear is that people more open-minded about history will be turned off by this book if it is the first one that they listen to. There are many great histories out there. This is not one of them.
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- Gillette


What an insightful book. It was a skillful overview of history. I found it fascinating and enriching!
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- C Kray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.