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Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century (1998)

by Mark Mazower

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A breath-taking analysis of the European family sometimes uneasy and conflicted relationship in the 20th Century. It is not always an easy read but it is enormously revealing and enlightening if you are willing to carefully work your way through it. The dense content will bring clarity to the major events of the last century. It helps the reader to make sense of how Europe was and how it is today. ( )
  purexplorer | Nov 29, 2013 |
Outstanding. The best general history book I've read on Europe in the twentieth century. Identifies and analyses the most important trends on the continent and really makes sense of Europe as a whole. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Sep 5, 2010 |
A good look at 20th century European history. It does not follow the conventional line of thought. Mazower talks about how Europe has been trying to redefine itself over the 20th century through fascism, communism and liberal democracy.

It is a good read.

See also my thoughts posted on my blog. ( )
  w_bishop | Feb 6, 2008 |
a very good intro to the subject, informed by modern trends of social history, but here and there vitiated by lame interpretations, as when he sees as main competing ideologies of this last century fascism, socialism and "democracy". What democracy? ( )
  experimentalis | Jan 3, 2008 |
An indepth look at the historical, political, social, and economic forces that shaped Europe in the 20th century. Well written from a European's point of view. ( )
  JBreedlove | Dec 13, 2005 |
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As the European Union introduces a common currency to world financial markets, Mark Mazower's Dark Continent critically examines the notion of "Europe." The Euro notwithstanding, Mazower argues that the "'Europe' of the European Union may be a promise or a delusion, but it is not a reality." Renouncing the notion of an essential "Europe," Mazower instead explores the conflicts which dominated the continent in the 20th century and the social value systems which informed them.

Mazower orders his examination chronologically, commencing with the collapse of Europe's continental empires following World War I and the initial European experiments in democracy and national self-determination which followed. He continues with analyses of state interventions in family health and the importance of healthy progeny, the financial crisis of the 1920s, the Hitler regime, the transformed democracy that emerged following World War II, the gradual erosion of the social state in the 1980s, and, finally, the collapse of communism. He consistently displays a firm grip of European history, directing his argument to readers with a foundational knowledge of the events that shaped 20th century Europe rather than historical novices unfamiliar with the period. Provocatively insightful, Dark Continent makes a convincing argument for a European 21st century characterized by continuity and harmony through divergence. "If Europeans can give up their desperate desire to find a single, workable definition of themselves," Mazower concludes, "they may come to terms more easily with the diversity and dissension which will be as much their future as their past." --Bertina Loeffler

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This book is an account of a continent locked in a struggle between tolerance and racial extermination, imperial ambition and national self-determination, liberty and the tyrannies of Right and Left.

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