The Nineteenth Century: Europe 1789-1914 (Short Oxford History of Europe)

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In the nineteenth century Europe changed more rapidly and more radically than during any prior period. These six specially commissioned chapters by eminent historians offer the student and general reader a unique approach to understanding one of the most complex periods of modern history, addressing all the major issues in Europe's political, social, economic, cultural, international, and Imperial history.

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Europe underwent colossal political, economic, and social change in the long century between the fall of the Bastille in 1789 and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914, and this volume in the Short Oxford History of Europe provides an expert and entertaining overview of the principal developments. This is sonic-boom history, with Professor T.C.W. Blanning and his team placing a firm emphasis on the modernizing and global transformations at work, although there are important reminders along the way of the persistence of monarchy and the established church.

Here, for a change, Europe manifestly includes Britain, which makes for a thoughtful perspective on all manner of comparisons and contrasts. Particularly enjoyable are Niall Ferguson's survey of economic change, spiced with sideline commentary from Dickens and Wagner, and Tony Hopkins's sweep through the history of European imperialism. Readers may find some of the chapters too absorbed with historiography, rather than history, and perhaps everyone pays too much attention to Blanning's dictum that the 19th was the "German century." One wonders what a group of Mediterranean or Eastern European scholars would have made of such a topic. But for a readable history written by specialists, this book is hard to beat. --Miles Taylor, Amazon.co.uk

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T.C.W. Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.

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