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European history
I’d appreciate any recommendations for a book that’s decently comprehensive but less than 1500pages or so. If it covers events through the present day, that would be great.




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re: European history
Don't laugh, but if you really want to learn european history, you are best off buying a textbook used in a survey class or AP european history.

I'd recommend Mortimer Chambers Western Experience
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re: European history
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present by Jacques Barzun

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Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.

In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's Revolution," "The Artist Prophet and Jester" -- show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras.

The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom (even in sexual matters) is not an invention of the last decades. And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth -- tomorrow or the next day.

Only after a lifetime of separate studies covering a broad territory could a writer create with such ease the synthesis displayed in this magnificent volume.
What books Keith Richards reads?


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bayoubengals88
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re: European history
You should just get a few books that overview a specific era. For example The Pursuit of Glory by Tim Blanning covers Europe from 1648-1815, which will allow you to get much more detailed than a textbook. This one is about 650 pages.

Other recs:
A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester
The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages by Miri Rubin
New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden


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re: European history
Da Vinci - Walter Isaacson

The Plantagenets - Dan Jones

Rise and Fall of the Great Powers - Paul Kennedy



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quote:

it covers events through the present day, that would be grea


So all of European history?


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re: European history
How the Scots Invented the Modern World


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