The Pursuit of Power

The Pursuit of Power

Europe 1815-1914

Book - 2016
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Examines the century between the fall of Napoleon and the outbreak of World War I, discussing events ranging from the crumbling of the Spanish, Ottoman, and Mughal empires and the rise of British imperial ambition to the violent revolution in Spain and the unifications of Germany and Italy
"In the nineteenth century, Europe experienced unprecedented economic and technological growth, social change, and cultural transformation. It was the dawn of the railway, the telegraph, the steamship, the phonograph, the cinema, and the motor car. Covering every part of the continent from Iceland to Sicily, Ireland to Russia, Richard J. Evans delivers a masterly survey that pays due attention to the wars, revolutions, and political upheavals of the age, and sets the politics of power in a broad context of social, economic, and cultural change. This was the age of industrialization, when huge cities sprang up virtually overnight and confronted society with manifold new problems--from crime and deviance to environmental degradation and pollution--that are still with us today. Major figures from Bismarck to Beethoven, Monet to Marx, bestrode the continent, leaving an indelible impression for the future. In the period bound by the Battle of Waterloo and the outbreak of World War I, Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since. This book breaks new ground by showing how the continent shaped, and was shaped by, interactions with other parts of the globe. Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe, Evans has created an extraordinarily rich, surprising, and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic transformation"--Dust jacket
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780670024575
Branch Call Number: 940.28 EVANS
Characteristics: xxiv, 819 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm


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Jan 31, 2020

This is over 700 small print pages of very detailed history of Europe between 1815 and 1914. It took me about a year to read it - a little bit at a time as filler between other books. It was worth it. The reader learns a lot about life a few centuries ago and how far we have come since. During that time the continent was almost continuously at war. It seemed to be the unquestioned normal. What the reader really learns about war is that it is usually the result of the pursuit of power and wealth.

Mar 28, 2017

comprehensive review of political, cultural, economic, and social trends in Europe, good reference book


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