The first short narrative history of the continent, from the author
of the bestselling A Short History of England Europe is an
astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history,
bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its
evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a
story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark
Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second
World War and up to the present day. Jenkins takes in leaders from
Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as
well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso.
He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into
one chronological tale - all with his usual insight, colour and
authority. Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and
culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell
this story. Covering the key events, themes and individuals,
Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or
masterful. 'Full of stand-out facts ... absolutely fascinating' -
Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on 'A Short History of England'
'Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece' - Independent, Books of the Year
on England's Thousand Best Churches 'Jenkins is, like all good
guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude,
nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' - Adam
Nicolson on 'England's Thousand Best Houses', Evening Standard
'Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a
sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth
perusing for pleasure and food for thought' - Michael Wood on 'A
Short History of England', New Statesman 'Any passably cultured
inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four
copies of this book' - Max Hastings on 'England's Thousand Best
Houses', Sunday Telegraph
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