A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity
David S. Mason
153 x 230 mm
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Highlighting the key events, ideas, and individuals that have shaped modern Europe, this fresh and lively textbook provides a succinct history of the continent from 1789 to the present. Drawing on the enduring theme of revolution, David Mason explores the causes and consequences of revolution: political, economic, and scientific; the development of human rights; and issues of European identity and integration.

Fourteen focused chapters address such topical issues as the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the Industrial Revolution; the theories and impact of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; European imperialism; the two world wars; the Cold War; decolonization and its impact on Europe; the evolution and expansion of the European Union; rise of modern feminism and other social movements; postcommunist states since 1989; expansion and development of the European Union; and issues of immigration, nationalism, and ethnicity.

Written in an accessible and student-friendly style, this volume includes a timeline and glossary, and suggestions for further reading. The volume is further illustrated with maps, photos and political cartoons. The author introduces students to important ideas and themes while allowing time for substantive use of other supplementary and primary materials. Students of history, political science, sociology, and any reader needing a broad overview of the sweep of modern European history will find this book indispensable. 

David S. Mason is Professor Emeritus, Butler University, Indianapolis, USA.

List of Boxes, Illustrations, and Maps
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Revolutionary Europe
Timeline of European History

  1. The Old Regime and the Enlightenment
  2. The French Revolution and Napoleon
  3. The Industrial Revolution and the Birth of Capitalism
  4. 1848: The Peoples’ Spring
  5. Marx, Marxism, and Socialism
  6. Darwinism and Social Darwinism
  7. The Unifications of Italy and Germany
  8. The Age of Imperialism and the Scramble for Africa
  9. World War I 103
  10. The Russian Revolution and Communism 115
  11. World War II and the Holocaust
  12. Europe Divided, the Cold War, and Decolonization
  13. 1989: The Collapse of Communism and End of the Cold War
  14. The European Union: Europe United and Free?
Conclusion: Europe in the Twenty-first Century

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