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  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (25 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582772605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582772601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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'...there is little in this ambitious book that does not deserve praise.'

The Times Higher, November 2004

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'Modern Europe, 1789-Present', is an innovative history. While the narrative of big events that have shaped the Europe that we see today is clearly unfolded, `Modern Europe’ also reaches deep below the political surface to examine how European society and culture have influenced, or been influenced by, these developments. It traces the emergence, from the French Revolution onwards, of a distinctive sense of Europe and Europeanness. At the same time it explores the growth and impact of the new phenomenon of the nation state - one of nineteenth-century Europe's most powerful legacies to our own time.

The narrative and analysis are enriched and enlivened throughout by a wealth of evidence 'from below'. This is not just the official history of constitutions, institutions and ruling elites. The authors are alive throughout to the varied fortunes of Europe's diverse peoples and classes - rich and poor, urban and rural, young and old - and, not least, to the changing impact of gender on the ways of life available to them.

This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated throughout. In particular there is original examination of :

  • The Cold War and its ending
  • Post-Soviet central and eastern Europe
  • Europe’s relations with the wider world
  • Immigration in Europe
  • Ethnic conflict in the last two centuries

Asa Briggs

(Lord Briggs of Lewes) was Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex (1967-1976), Provost of Worcester College, Oxford (1976-1991) and Chancellor of the Open University (1978-1995). In 2000 he was awarded the Wolfson History Prize.

Patricia Clavin is Reader in Modern History at the University of Keele. Her books include `Europe in the Great Depression, 1929-1939’ (2000).

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The authors pack a lot into this book, covering a considerable amount of time and, on the whole, dealing with all the important events in adequate detail. I liked the passages spent detailing the extension of the vote and the role of women in European society especially. Why then did I give this only 3 stars?

Because of the number of grammatical errors in the text - not because of any shortcoming in the content.

One or two typos wouldn't have got a mention, but there are some real "corkers" - initially I thought it might have been translated from another language but from what I can tell, the authors are both native English speakers. Even if not, these errors surely would have been picked up during the proof reading stage?? I can't help but wonder if someone used "spellcheck" rather than a proper proofing exercise - it would have resulted in a similar disjointed result.

The extent and frequency of these errors soon became very noticeable. These detracted from the overall enjoyment in reading the book; I found myself concentrating on finding the next error or ommision, rather than concentrating on the otherwise well written history.

I won't bore you with lots of examples; to do so would involve me re-reading chapter after chapter - I could very easily find in excess of 100 such errors - and I'm keen to move on to a better written study. You will find plenty of examples of the following: mispelt, duplicated and ommitted words, hapharzard use of speech marks (opening, but not closing) and an excessive use of commas all make this really quite annoying to read.

What a shame - any native English speaker could read through this and mark up the errors easily enough; it's incredible that none of the proof readers did so. I would like to say that these are an irritation only, but as I say, they went way beyond this and someone, somewhere, should feel ashamed that an otherwise great book has been well and truly spoilt like this.
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Required reading for uni
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good text book on Early Modern Europe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for understanding the concepts of modern European history ... 15 Oct. 2015
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Purchased for a course in Undergrad. The author occasionally injects some personal/ subjective commentary, but otherwise is neutral. Good read for understanding the concepts of modern European history and its role in issues that we see throughout the world today.
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