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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
by Tony Judt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars IDEAL FOR REFERENCE, 2 April 2012
This a fine book- well-written by Historian standards, if a little verbose.It is largely objective, well researched and massive in its scope.Inevitably it does not do justice to some lesser aspects of European history.Its index is excellent and therefore perfect for reference.One major downside-its minute text.


The Age Of Revolution: 1789-1848: Europe, 1789-1848
The Age Of Revolution: 1789-1848: Europe, 1789-1848
by Eric Hobsbawm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.34

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Analysis, 19 Oct 2011
This is the only Hobsbawn book that I read but others will follow.It is highly perceptive,literary and wide ranging in its variety of subjects.It is somewhat less critical of the Industrial Revolution than Thompsons The Making of The Working Class but maybe a little fairer.Hobsbawn describes the Luddites as " simple-minded labourers" Thompson proves beyond doubt that this was certainly not the case.


The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin History)
The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin History)
by E. P. Thompson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 19 Oct 2011
This book is a must for students of this period;whatever their political persuasion, which is not to say that it is entirely impartial.It relies exhaustively on a multitude of accounts taken from the mouths of the oppressors and the oppressed.He dissects and mostly destroys the arguements of his opponents.If there are any weaknesses, they are minor.He offers us few accounts of the domestic servants (the third largest group of workers) and a better, more rounded economic analysis of the Industrial Revolution can be found in Hobsbawns The Age of Revolution.His indictment of politicians and the aristocracy of this period is compelling.The crimes of the church appear to be of lower order though Thompson would not agree in regard to the Methodists.


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