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Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century Paperback - 2000

by Mark Mazower

"A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard (European unity) has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations."--"Los Angeles Times."


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An unflinching and intelligent alternative history of the twentieth century that provides a provocative vision of Europe's past, present, and future.

"[A] splendid book." --The New York Times Book Review

Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take. Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention. Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next.

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At a "Congress of Dethroned Monarchs" held at Geneva in 192-Europe's erstwhile crowned heads tried to win back their old supporters.

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"A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations." --"Los Angeles Times
Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take. Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention. Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next. Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europ's past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts.

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  • Title Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century
  • Author Mark Mazower
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: first
  • Pages 512
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Vintage, New York
  • Date 2000-03-14
  • ISBN 9780679757047 / 067975704X
  • Weight 0.8 lbs (0.36 kg)
  • Dimensions 8 x 5.2 x 1.1 in (20.32 x 13.21 x 2.79 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
    • Cultural Region: Eastern Europe
    • Cultural Region: Western Europe
  • Library of Congress subjects Europe - History - 20th century
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 98015886
  • Dewey Decimal Code 940

Media reviews

"This splendid book makes a convincing case for a different version of 20th century European history."  -The New York Times Book Review

Citations

  • New York Times, 03/12/2000, Page 36

About the author

MARK MAZOWER is Reader in History at the University of Sussex. He is the author of the prizewinning Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44. He writes and broadcasts regularly on current developments in the Balkans.
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