Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present

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Basic Books, Apr 30, 2013 - History - 720 pages
With "verve and panache," this magisterial history of Europe since 1453 shows how struggles over the heart of the continent have shaped the world we live in today (The Economist).

Whoever controls the core of Europe controls the entire continent, and whoever controls Europe can dominate the world. Over the past five centuries, a rotating cast of kings, conquerors, presidents, and dictators have set their sights on the European heartland, desperate to seize this pivotal area or at least prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. From Charles V and Napoleon to Bismarck and Cromwell, from Hitler and Stalin to Roosevelt and Gorbachev, nearly all the key power players of modern history have staked their titanic visions on this vital swath of land.

In Europe, prizewinning historian Brendan Simms presents an authoritative account of the past half-millennium of European history, demonstrating how the battle for mastery of the continent's center has shaped the modern world. A bold and compelling work by a renowned scholar, Europe integrates religion, politics, military strategy, and international relations to show how history -- and Western civilization itself -- was forged in the crucible of Europe.


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This is a very good book about the geopolitics of Europe from the fall of Constantinople until 2011. The gist of the book is that Europe was fragmented and remained that way because of balance-of ... Read full review

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Brendan Simms, a professor at the University of Cambridge, has written comprehensive history of the Western World from the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453 up to the present. His unifying ... Read full review


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Successions 16491755
Revolutions 17561813
Emancipations 181466
Unifications 18671916
Utopias 191744
Partitions 194573
Democracies 19742011

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Brendan Simms is a fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge and Professor in the History of International Relations at the Center for International Studies, University of Cambridge. The author of five books, including Three Victories and a Defeat and Unfinest Hour, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize.

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