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The History of Europe. .

The History of Europe. John Stevenson, general editor. Mitchell Beazley. [pounds sterling]35.00. 512 pages. ISBN 1-84000-559-9. This large format book is a cross between a work of history and a work of reference. Prepared by a team of eleven historians it follows the development of Europe from Ancient Greece to the present day. The divisions used are the usual ones: ancient Rome, Byzantium, the Middle Ages, the 'Dawn of Modem Europe' (the Renaissance) and so forth. In addition to the text there are numerous illustrations, charts and maps. As the editor writes, the book has aimed to balance its coverage of political developments with a survey of economic, social and cultural history and with a look at Europe's relations with the rest of the world. The book is divided in a host of smaller parts, usually lasting two pages, which makes for easy reading. As in all compilations the quality of the writing is mixed. The book is underpinned by the assumption that one can write about 'Europe' and 'Europeans' as if they were identifiable and coherent unities which will find their predestined fulfilment in the European Union.
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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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