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Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present, Simms,  Brendan
Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, 1453 to the Present
Brendan Simms

Paperback $29.99 - Penguin UK
History - Published: 28/May/2014 - ISBN: 9780141037172

Empires have risen and fallen through history, yet by contrast Europe has remained stubbornly fractured, with each attempt to dominate the continent eventually thwarted. In Europe Brendan Simms recounts its compelling history over the last 550 years, from the fall of Constantinople to the rise of modern democracies. It is the story of highly competitive and mutually suspicious monarchies and republics; of empires, revolution, rivalry, unification and utopias.

As Europe's future seems once more unclear, this acclaimed account is essential for understanding its past.

'Breath-stopping . . . This is top-down European history, diplomatic and political, seen from the soaring eagle's eye. But what an eagle; and what an eye.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'There is nothing in the recent literature to match it . . . awe-inspiring.' Josef Joffe, Prospect

'Prodigious . . . in its pages whole empires rise and fall . . . Europe draws the reader forward with its grand epic of shifting alliances.' Jeffrey Collins, Wall Street Journal

'A tour de force . . . phenomenal . . . readers will be enthralled by the brilliance of his analysis and the dizzying breadth of his vision.' Christopher Clark, Mail on Sunday

'Compelling and provocative . . . This is sweeping history, told with verve and panache . . . a splendid book.' Economist

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