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5.0 out of 5 stars The best history of twentieth-century Europe you'll find, 9 Oct 2000
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This book is easily the best of the general histories of Europe that have appeared in the last decade. It's less partisan than books by Eric Hobsbawm and Norman Davies, and is more complete than Mark Mazower's Dark Continent. A History in Fragments is especially good on communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and there is a superb chapter on their collapse. The book covers all the major political landmarks, as well as the unprecedented social social and economic changes of the twentieth century. Two chapters give us a fascinating account of the changing nature of the family and relations between the sexes. The central message of the book is probably that it is impossible to write a single history of Europe - the experience of British people in the 1990s, for example, has virtually nothing in common with that of the Russian peasant in the era of forced collectivisation. Whilst the author devotes much space to the grim side of Europe's twentieth century - the photographs are especially dark - he ends on a cautiously upbeat note. In 2000 the lives of most Euroepans have become easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book, 1 Mar 2014
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Such an interesting read, some pieces of information that were new to me but so relevant for my current history module. I find Vinen's book easy to access and recommend it for anyone who wants to know more about twentieth century European history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The whole story, 30 Dec 2000
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So many British written history books concentrate on what has happened on our continent from a very narrow perspective - but not this one. This book assumes some knowledge of what has gone on in the last 100 years, and then uses pertinant statistics and stories to expand on this. The author looks over the entire continent, not just the Great Powers and not just political life.
Despite this huge sweep, the book holds together well.
History students will find a lot in here to back up theories rather than form them.
So why not 5 stars ? The author somehow loses the plot as we approach the present day. This is maybe inevitable, written twelve months ago, the Internet was going to change the world, now it is a failing business methodology. History is best viewed slightly detached.
Buy it,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, but with several weaknesses, 5 Jun 2007
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A. J. Barber "barbert" (Rome, Italy) - See all my reviews
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Any book seeking to cover the past 100 years of European history is bound to be selective in its facts and to concentrate on certain themes at the expense of others. Richard Vinen is an expert on French history, so naturally his most incisive arguments and penetrating insights come when he is dealing with France. On the Soviet Union and eastern Europe he is less sure of his footing: he seems heavily reliant on French sources for his sections on the communist world, and in a few cases he doesn't even bother to change the French spelling of a Russian placename into English (e.g., he writes "Bachkirie" rather than Bashkiria). He also seems determined to have nothing good to say about the UK, and to be itching to bash Margaret Thatcher and the modern Conservative party in general. There are many good features to the book, but readers should be aware there are a few weaknesses and some prejudices, too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping and provocative, 11 Sep 2000
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As a good Greek girl, I am a great fan of Mark Mazower's "Dark Continent". However, I have to admit that Richards Vinen's General History of Europe is a better book. It is increadibly sweeping, ambitious and provocative. I like the attention to the post 1945 period and the attention to those neglected corners of Central and Eastern Europe. Furthermore, I find that the book, whilst not lacking historical perspective and accuracy, is very good read. It looks at history with historical knowledge and human warmth. Although, it would be nice if he occasionally remembered the existence of Greece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, challenging, outstanding, 9 Sep 2000
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A one-volume history of Europe in the 20th century is always an ambitious undertaking but Mr Vinen's approach is unusual and original and works. The book is consistently engaging and extremely well-written, and there is something interesting and challenging on nearly every page. Beautifully illustrated, too. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!, 14 Aug 2006
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G. Bache (Göteborg, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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This is a rare combination of exhaustive research and insightful analysis that should be required reading for anyone wishing to understand 20th century Europe. Vinen is a master of dredging up little-known but illuminating facts. The book is also very well written and easy to read. The best history book I have read for a good while - and I read quite a few...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Europe : More than two world wars., 13 Sep 2000
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A single volume on Europe's 20th century history might be expected to offer very little in the way of fresh perspective or new insight. By focusing, however, on Europe's history outside of its darkest days during two World Wars, Richard Vinen's thought-provoking new book successfully picks a well-defined path through an abundance of material. His persuasive approach strikes a balance between political and social history, but more importantly also reflects on the issues and undercurrents overlooked by the more narrow-minded approach of other histories of 20th century Europe.
Evenly written and with a dry English wit that will engage North-American readers, Vinen's book is manageable and readable. I suspect 'A History in Fragments' will rapidly become influential in how we view the development of Europe and what was going on in the lives of the common people during the 'turbulent' 20th century.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fragments, 1 Dec 2009
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In fragments is what it says and in fragments is what it is. This is probably a useful book for the undergraduate to give an overview of the themes which are importants in the 20th Century. Inevitably, however, there is a lack of depth and perhaps too much in the way of generalization.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent and thought-provoking book!, 4 Sep 2000
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"A History in Fragments" is a an excellently written provocative account of 20th century history. Vinen takes an innovative approach in looking at history by not studying solely the political and social elites but rather telling the stories from the perspective of the so called ordinary people. He managed to disturb many prejudices and assumed knowledge of history by challenging the conventional assumptions, providing convincing examples and putting historic events into new contexts. Vinen's lively writing style is rounded up by an extremely intersting and unusual array of photographs, many never published before. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is happy to reflect on and possibly reconsider their view on 20th century Europe.
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