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An excellent big-picture history of Europe
on 23 June 2012
I thought this was a superb history of Europe. It focusses on overall economic, demographic and geopolitical developments, rather than simple narrative histories of individual countries. I'd read quite a lot of European history when I tackled this (about a decade ago), but found it to be much more penetrating in it's analysis than almost anything I'd read up until that time.
If you're looking to understand the political history of individual European dynasties, this isn't the right book. However, if you want to understand (for example) how the shift in economic and political power from southern Europe to northern Europe during the second millennium CE was associated with an equivalent demographic shift, this will do the job. I found it riveting. I would highly recommend it.