By Bernard Wasserstein
Here's the definitive background of up to date Europe, a debatable yet authoritative and energetic narrative that's destined to develop into the normal account of the interval from 1914 to the current. during this wonderful quantity, esteemed historian Bernard Wasserstein bargains the 1st critical, full-length heritage of a century of convulsive swap. it's a historical past of barbarism and civilization, of cruelty and tenderness, of technological success and environmental blight, of imperial enlargement and withdrawal, of authoritarian repression and of person rebirth. Wasserstein presents either a story of the most contours of the political, diplomatic, and armed forces heritage and an research the underpinnings of demographic, financial, and social advancements. Drawing at the most modern scholarly findings, together with fresh disclosures of intelligence fabrics and archival revelations that the autumn of Communism in jap Europe, Wasserstein captures the essence of up to date eu historical past in a fascinating narrative that's by means of turns grim, funny, spectacular, and enlightening.