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A Short History of Europe

From Pericles to Putin
Narrated by: Simon Jenkins
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, European
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Europe written and read by Simon Jenkins.   

Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, best-selling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day.  

Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc to Wellington and Angela Merkel as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale - all with his usual insight, colour and authority.  

Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, themes and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or masterful.

©2018 Simon Jenkins (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Nothing new and from a very British point of view

I enjoyed it. It was a great tool to refresh my memory but it was so obviously pro-brexit that I started doubting the author and his integrity. I wouldn't recommend this book in general.

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Consise, but useful.

The Book has a quality to it which (to any history interested reader) is reminiscent of Revision.


However it is a useful refresher of an overarching narrative of the whole of the story that causes Europe to be where it is today! and is seems to be singular in this function, and must therefore be commended.


I would recommend this book as a starter course to be taken immediately before delving into any of the other numerous Books on Audible which go into great depth on specific times or countries connected with European History!

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An Excellent Summary

Having dipped in and out of various bits of European history during sb
Hook over 60 years ago, I welcomed this work. Some of his conclusions offered a fresh insight into battles long ago. I welcomed his bravery in attempting to make sense of Europe particularly in the 20th and 21st century.

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Excellent.

Very interesting account of European history. A good overview as a starter into the subject to then expand upon.

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Hard to understand the narrative

The story is really good and interesting but I guess that is something given when considering European history. it was really hard for me to keep with the pace of the narrative not sure if it was something on the speed, the accent or the voice of the narrator. I wish I could listen to this book again with a different narrator.

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Good but disjointed

I really enjoyed the short history of England, so decided to follow up with this. Alas it jumps around a bit too much, meaning the individual chapters are decent (although some are too brief) but the overall feel is disjointed.