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A brilliant and balanced history, 8 Aug 2011
The grasp of historical complexities and the clarity of the prose are amazing; however, what is truly exceptional is the sense of fairness which comes through each evaluation of a situation or event. I can only recommend this book very strongly to anyone who is interested in "where we come from" at this point in Europe's history and who would like to become acquainted with the mind of a great historian. A caveat: the font is very small and the layout too dense for pleasurable reading for a long period.