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The Shortest History of Europe epub

by John Hirst


The Shortest History of Europe epub

ISBN: 1906964424

ISBN13: 978-1906964429

Author: John Hirst

Category: History

Subcategory: Europe

Language: English

Publisher: Old Street Publishing (August 10, 2010)

Pages: 160 pages

ePUB book: 1145 kb

FB2 book: 1226 kb

Rating: 4.9

Votes: 629

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Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation.

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation. Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters – pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome – and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times.

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinatin. At first the Christians Great book for a very high-level overview of the history of Europe

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinatin. At first the Christians Great book for a very high-level overview of the history of Europe. Below are my reading notes.

An interesting book that serves as a quick guide to the history of Europe through its three main eras: classical, medieval and modern.

A former reader in history at La Trobe University, he is a member of the Film Australia Board and the National Museum council. He is the author of numerous books, including The Sentimental Nation, A Republican Manifesto, Australia's Democracy: A Short History, The Australians: Insiders and Outsiders on the National Character since 1770 and Freedom on the Fatal Shore: Australia's First Colony. An interesting book that serves as a quick guide to the history of Europe through its three main eras: classical, medieval and modern.

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. A wise, illuminating little book' Sydney Morning Herald'An entertaining, learned piece of historical compression' The Age'Great stuff.

John Hirst (historian). Hirst wrote two seminal books on colonial New South Wales which Frank Bongiorno has described as displaying "a raw intellectual power": Convict Society and its Enemies (1983) and The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy (1988) (both reprinted as Freedom on the Fatal Shore in 2008).

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In The Shortest History of Europe, John Hirst takes us on a fascinating journey through antiquity, the Middle Ages and beyond, bringing European civilisation to life in all its peculiarity and exuberance. Beginning with Greek and Roman learning, Judeo-Christian religion and a Germanic warrior culture, it discusses how this unlikely alliance at the heart of European civilisation came about, producing empires and city-states, inspiring conquests and crusades, and giving rise to such figures as benign emperors, belligerent popes, chivalrous knights and enlightened citizens.

These nine books about numerous topics regarding European histories on a continent-wide basis rather than nation states will educate you about Europe. The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst. This extended version of The Shortest History (it adds the world wars amongst other things), is an investment you can’t lose on. It takes only an afternoon to read the sub two hundred pages, so no real loss if you don’t like it. But if you do, you’ll find broad themes and an impressive view that can be either a starting point or a comparison. 05. of 09. Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe by Norman Davies.

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation. The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation, describing its birth from an unlikely mixture of classical learning, Christianity and German warrior culture. Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters - pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome - and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times. Accompanied by lively illustrations, The Shortest History of Europe is a clear, humorous and thought-provoking account of a remarkable civilisation.
An interesting book that serves as a quick guide to the history of Europe through its three main eras: classical, medieval and modern. The book offers the reader an integral, complete and concise history of how the Greek and Roman cultures are the basis of all of Europe. Spinning ideas, periods and events, the author offers a nice way to build a mental story that is easy to assimilate for the reader.

The writing begins to dwindle once the chronography of the eighteenth century is given up: the lack of clarity and speed with which ideas and facts are exposed make the reading lost and vanished by the imminent lack of detail of historical research. Also, I believe that the author assumes in the work that the public is informed of the modern European era and only offers a basic account of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

In short, an efficient and effective book to understand the first eras of European history. To acquire knowledge of the modern era I would suggest consulting another book, since this is only a superficial account of facts.
Though not perfect, this book offers a great, concise overview of European history. I knew much of the post-Renaissance history quite extensively, but my knowledge of pre-Renaissance was a little fuzzy. This filled in numerous gaps in my personal knowledge (and set me thirsting for more) and has definitely helped me make more sense of European (and World) History (in the grand scheme). The language chapter was particularly fascinating to me. I wish there had been more post-WWII modern history mentioned, but alas, there was not. But overall, a great overview!
The book looks at the history from a different angle, looking at the influences of Greece, Rome, Christianity, and external forces. Makes you think in a different way. For me the book could be more organized, the author seems to jump a lot from one place to another, from one time period to another. So if you look for a quick look-it-up what happened, when and where, not the right book. But the political, ethnic, religious, industrial influences explained makes it an interesting read and insight.
Don't buy this book. Although the author may not be human the AI represents itself as a liberal Australian.

On the other hand s/he may be a political shill. Here is a direct quote from what is supposedly its history book: "Government is a fine art that requires wisdom and judgment, which are not the possession of all citizens." Mussolini could not have said it better.
As a non-native English speaker, It took me 2 weeks to finish this small book. But this also tells that this this an interesting book that I would like to keep reading. This is not a regular “fact" text history book. The author summarized the whole European history in a few threads, makes the entire book very easy to grasp. Highly recommend this to anyone as an European history starter read.
If you are looking to tackle this weighty subject matter, John Hirst can help you through it with concise, clear explanations and a great deal of dry wit.

This book helps answer many of the questions I've struggled with for years in history classes like "What was the Papal split of the 14th century all about? And how was there a Holy Roman Emperor 1000 years after the fall of the Roman Empire? And other than pissing off most of Athens, what real impact did Socrates and his students have on Western philosophy?"

This book gives you a quick rundown of the history of Western culture and thought in a way that is meaningful, practical, and entertaining.

My only real criticism of the book is the author tends to gloss over the bloodier side of European history, almost to the point of sugarcoating it.
However, I feel that this is more a sin of omission than bias. Focusing on an single historical event for any length of time might detract from the overall theme of the book, which is an attempt to broadly define European culture and its origins.

However, I would have appreciated the author's insights into some of the wars, conflicts, and conquests that shaped Europe afterward, to better understand the motives behind them.

In general, though, this is an excellent resource. It is very helpful when studying any period of European history, to gain a better understanding of what the driving cultural and philosophical forces were behind the scenes.
Really enjoyed this book. The information is well written and kept my interest. I recently started to visit Europe and this material gave me the Cliff Notes version to make the tours more understandable. Even if you aren't traveling it is an interesting read if you are the least bit interested in history or origin of items like our language or why wars were fought.
Great book ! Fantastic history , it reads so very well! I wish history will be always presented like he does in this book! How lucky are his students!