A Concise History of Modern Europe
- Liberty, Equality, Solidarity
- Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
- Length: 8 hrs
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 24-03-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Fourteen focused chapters address such topical issues as the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the Industrial Revolution; the theories and impact of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; European imperialism; the two world wars; the Cold War; the evolution and expansion of the European Union; and current challenges confronting Europe.
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By Anne S. on 12-04-16
A Nice Textbook Review of 200 Yrs of European Hist
What did you love best about A Concise History of Modern Europe?
Good overview of the period and most of the players in the subject. I liked the narrator's style which was most appropriate for the tome. Engagingly professorial without being preachy.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I almost did as I listened to it on a long trip by car. Chapter breaks were good though as moved to different national/time-frame focus.
Any additional comments?
Good general text. Helped me refresh my remembrances of the subject so I could better help my HS daughter with her history. Perhaps a bit light for use as a full course textbook but could make for beneficial supplementary reading. All kidding aside, it really was a concise overview. Seemed a bit Northern Euro-centric though. Spain was largely left out of the flow.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Eric Reeves on 08-04-16
If you like history, this is a great listen!
I've always been a big fan of history in just about any form. I really liked listening to this book. Make no mistake, this isn't a story about history, it's essentially a textbook you might find in high school or college. It covers most of the major events in European history within about a 225 year span from 1789 almost to the present. I was most interested in the very beginning as the book went thoroughly through the French Revolution. I've always been interested in that event and learned quite a bit that I didn't already know.
I was a little worried at first and didn't think I would be able to get into this book. However, the narrator did a great job reading it, and the author did a good job of making his points without drowning you in too many menial details. Most of the major points came across well.
Having said that, you definitely need to be a history buff to enjoy this book. It won't hold onto a short attention span for long.
For me, this was a great book, and I learned quite a few things along the way.
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful