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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.
©1996 J. M. Roberts; (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"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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By C Kray on 08-27-15

Amazing

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

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By Jim on 06-11-09

call me a cretin

great material. This fellow knows his stuff. But...the accent is hard to decipher and the recording doesn't help. I gave up.

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