The Pursuit of Power : Europe, 1815-1914
by Richard J. Evans
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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“A sparkling, encyclopedic history, rich in detail, from the familiar arcanuma real tour de force” by Richard Overy, New Statesman’Transnational story at its bestsocial, political and cultural themes spinning together in a great canvas of immense detail and beauty “Gérard DeGroot, The Time’Dazzlingly learned and entertaining” Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday TimesA masterpiece that brings to life an extraordinarly eventful and dramatic era of revolutionary changeThe Poursuite de l’Alimentation draws on a lifetime of reflection on 19th century Europe to create an extraordinarily rich, surprising and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing radical transformation.The book aims to revive the sense of wonder that permeated this remarkable era, as rulers and governed sailed overwhelming cultural, political and technological changesThere was a time when what was perceived as modern with incredible speed appeared in the old way, when big cities appeared in a generation, new European countries were created, and where, for the first time, man can communicate almost instantaneously over thousands of kilometers.In the period delimited by the Battle of Waterloo, and the outbreak of World War I, Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since: this book innovates by showing how the continent shaped, and was shaped by its interactions with other parts of the globeRichard Evans fully explores the revolutions, empire building and wars that marked the nineteenth century, but the book is much more, whether it is sickness, serfdom, religion or philosophyThe race for power is a work of the historian at the height of his powers: it is essential for anyone who seeks to understand Europe, or now
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