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Mark Mazower is a professor of history at Princeton University and has recently been appointed professor of history at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of several books, most recently Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century (1998) — Forfatter — 771 eksemplarer
The Balkans: A Short History (2000) 602 eksemplarer

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Be aware - if you like myself want to learn more about the actual inner workings of the economy of Europe-wide Nazi empire, you should probably look elsewhere, say, to A. Tooze's The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, because even though this tome is a doorstop, chapters directly pertaining to some figures won't start appearing until the middle of the book and there will be just a few of them. Some interesting economics related facts are sprinkled all over the book, but at times I had to start skimming over the pages, since apparently the author's idea of "How the Nazis ruled Europe" is far larger in scope and meaning than just questions of what, where and how expensively they produced this and that, how they transferred it across the continent and how it was all organised financially. Yet surely this book is a vast source of much other information.… (mere)
 
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Den85 | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
In Spring 1821, the Greeks revolted against their Ottoman occupiers. Their revolution, which was ultimately successful, became a cause for the romantics of Europe albeit for a lot of the wrong reasons. The revolution itself was confusing. In fact, it seemed to have confused a lot of the participants as well. Mazower has done a good job telling the story of the revolution and cutting through the confusion. He also does a good job at explaining the impact of the Revolution on European public opinion and diplomatic strategy.… (mere)
 
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M_Clark | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 29, 2023 |
I learned from this book that the Greek nation state was founded in the 1820s, but not much else. The story is, in short, that a Greek rebellion erupts against Ottoman rule, and then the Greeks squabble amongst themselves as they struggle to agree on a common course of action. Some remain loyal to the Ottomans. The Ottomans respond to the rebellion with brutality and Greeks are equally brutal against the Turkish minorities in their midst. Finally, the European powers decide to intervene on behalf of the Greeks and the Greek state is founded.

But the book contains no big picture explanation for any of these events. Ottoman actions are presented briefly, but the author seems to have no insight into the political thought process that guided Ottoman decisions. He expends far more pages on the opinions of various British observers and participants than on Turkish actions. Perhaps Ottoman sources were inaccessible to him because he doesn't read Turkish. But leaving out the Ottoman perspective entirely makes for a really one-sided historical account.

A second problem is that the author, like many other historians, writes personalized history. We learn about Greek leaders (and British, of course) and what they did at various stages of the revolution. He leaves aside the social-scientific perspective: how did the Greeks organize their political actions before, during and after the revolution? Why did the far greater economic and military resources of the Ottoman state not give it a decisive advantage? The micronarrative of personal adventures leaves these key questions unanswered, and as a consequence the reader becomes none the wiser on the true causes and consequences of the Greek revolution.

All in all, the book provides some entertainment but I wouldn't recommend it for readers looking for a broad perspective on this period of history.
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thcson | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 9, 2023 |
CUPRINS

1. Prefata - pag. 9
2. Templul pustiit. Inaltarea si decaderea democratiei - pag. 19
3. Imperii, natiuni, minoritati - pag. 63
4. Trupuri sanatoase, trupuri bolnave - pag. 106
5. Criza capitalismului - pag. 1405
6. Noua Ordine a lui Hitler. 1938 - 1945 - pag. 182
7. Planuri pentru Epoca de Aur - pag. 235
8. O pace brutala. 1943 - 1949 - pag. 271
9. Edificarea democratiilor populare - pag. 316
10. Democratia transformata. Europe Occidentala, 1950 - 1975 - pag. 360
11. Contractul social in criza - pag. 410
12. Rechini si delfini. Colapsul comunismului - pag. 453
13. Epilog - Facerea Europei - pag. 495
14. Tabele - pag. 506
15. Note - pag. 509
16. Ghid penytru lecturi suplimentare - pag. 591
17. Indice - pag. 623
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