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The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914 (udgave 2017)

af Richard J Evans (Forfatter)

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Examines the century between the fall of Napoleon and the outbreak of World War I, discussing events ranging from the crumbling of the Spanish, Ottoman, and Mughal empires and the rise of British imperial ambition to the violent revolution in Spain and the unifications of Germany and Italy. "In the nineteenth century, Europe experienced unprecedented economic and technological growth, social change, and cultural transformation. It was the dawn of the railway, the telegraph, the steamship, the phonograph, the cinema, and the motor car. Covering every part of the continent from Iceland to Sicily, Ireland to Russia, Richard J. Evans delivers a masterly survey that pays due attention to the wars, revolutions, and political upheavals of the age, and sets the politics of power in a broad context of social, economic, and cultural change. This was the age of industrialization, when huge cities sprang up virtually overnight and confronted society with manifold new problems--from crime and deviance to environmental degradation and pollution--that are still with us today. Major figures from Bismarck to Beethoven, Monet to Marx, bestrode the continent, leaving an indelible impression for the future. In the period bound 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 breaks new ground by showing how the continent shaped, and was shaped by, interactions with other parts of the globe. Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe, Evans has created an extraordinarily rich, surprising, and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic transformation."--Dust jacket.… (mere)
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Titel:The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914
Forfattere:Richard J Evans (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Press (2017), 848 pages
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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 af Richard J. Evans

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Evans chooses the encyclopaedic approach here: an endless number of mini-essays on various topics, with huge information dumps included. That sounds awful, but the genius of this book lies in i) its organization; ii) Evans's prose; iii) Evans's eye for detail.

i) No matter what you're interested in, you can find it in this book, and it will all be in one place, and it will be coherent. He covers the entire continent, the entire history of the continent, and all aspects of that history. Do you want to read all of the parts with equal attention? No. I could care less about the details of battles fought in the German hinterlands, but if I ever need to know about it, by golly do I know where to look.

ii) Pristine, clear and balanced.

iii) He has an astonishing eye for anecdotes and details that help most subjects come to life.

My main criteria for judging history written about periods I'm not knowledgeable in is very simple: does this book make me want to learn more? The answer in this case is, very much yes. Why do I know so little about the Balkans? Why do I know so little about anything?

My only real complaint is that Evans is awful on 'culture'. He has a historian's taste, which means a more or less philistine-level understanding of literature: does this novel provide an anecdote I can use in a lecture? That's no way to judge books.

He does seem slightly better when it comes to music, though. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
Covers an enormous subject with relative brevity and wit. The nineteenth century of Europe was a time of tremendous change and yet it is not that different from modern times. ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 1, 2018 |
This is a great book. When one sees the author's photo and realizes that he is knighted, he looks like a supercilious
brit, but nothing could be further from the truth. He starts out by discussing the end of serfdom or white slavery in Europe and then goes on to discuss the role of women in getting the vote and freeing themselves from the shackles that bound them. He has read all the great novels of the period and understands why anyone with a brain loved the
French and Napoleon as well as feared them. The rights of man were serio.us stuff and the author writes about it very well. iyt helps if you have s backgtpund in finance to get that the end of the Napoleonic Wars ushered in a depression.

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  annbury | Sep 29, 2017 |
This is a great book.The photo of the author, and the fact that he is knighted, suggested to me that he would not have written this book, He begins with the ending of serfdom, and writes about this beautifully. Then he talks about the railroad as a source of modernization and growth. i would not have understood this without a background in finance, which I have. He spends a lot of time on votes, both for men and especially for women, and is great on this as well. He also has a great knowledge of novels, which I do as well. The fact that the French revolution was so extraordinary has a great deal to do with these novels, their characters and the background. No historian can do justice to this area without reading these. This is a great read and book. ( )
  annbury | Sep 18, 2017 |
An exhaustive dense work that touches on every aspect of European public life in the 19th century. I cannot say it was entirely enjoyable, but my admiration for the scope and ambition of this work is fairly high. ( )
  billt568 | Sep 5, 2017 |
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Examines the century between the fall of Napoleon and the outbreak of World War I, discussing events ranging from the crumbling of the Spanish, Ottoman, and Mughal empires and the rise of British imperial ambition to the violent revolution in Spain and the unifications of Germany and Italy. "In the nineteenth century, Europe experienced unprecedented economic and technological growth, social change, and cultural transformation. It was the dawn of the railway, the telegraph, the steamship, the phonograph, the cinema, and the motor car. Covering every part of the continent from Iceland to Sicily, Ireland to Russia, Richard J. Evans delivers a masterly survey that pays due attention to the wars, revolutions, and political upheavals of the age, and sets the politics of power in a broad context of social, economic, and cultural change. This was the age of industrialization, when huge cities sprang up virtually overnight and confronted society with manifold new problems--from crime and deviance to environmental degradation and pollution--that are still with us today. Major figures from Bismarck to Beethoven, Monet to Marx, bestrode the continent, leaving an indelible impression for the future. In the period bound 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 breaks new ground by showing how the continent shaped, and was shaped by, interactions with other parts of the globe. Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe, Evans has created an extraordinarily rich, surprising, and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic transformation."--Dust jacket.

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