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


So all of European history?


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Guys I need to write a historical essay on "Renaissance" and I don't know where to start, so I decided to ask you for advice. I have a lot of ideas and literature, but my thoughts are poorly formulated. Maybe I should use the help of a writing service https://copycrafter.net/college-paper-writing-service.html or should I put that thought out of my head? What say you?


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How the Scots Invented the Modern World


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You’re going to be a hell of a lot more specific than that.

You can email me if you’d like at bayoubengals1988@gmail.com

I’ve written in the neighborhood of 125 history papers.

If you do email me, notify me in this thread so I’ll know to check that account.
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quote:

Guys I need to write a historical essay on "Renaissance"


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and I don't know where to start,

I guess not. It’s a big, somewhat undefined swath of time that wasn’t confined to one geographical area.

I like to think of a man living in Europe, in the shadows of ancient ruins circa 1400, having a eureka moment. His entire life, and the lives of everyone he knows and of his ancestors going back 1000 years prior has been tied to the Church. Life cycles, traditions, and way of thinking. The eureka moment is the realization that things were not always that way. That his heritage pre-dates the church. That great monuments and empires were built and complex questions of philosophy were contemplated and great artworks were created, all before the Church. That Christendom was not always Christian and that maybe it was even better. And if the distant past had such achievements, why can’t the future? That man becomes aware of his history, and this awareness informs his future.

reciting a list of artistic achievements never seemed too relevant.


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