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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