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This is a good history of Europe since 1950 that has some blemishes I ll get to in a moment I picked it up because I had read and thoroughly enjoyed Kershaw s earlier volume in the Penguin History of Europe To Hell and Back Europe 1914 1949 Roller Coaster is mostly narrative with some sociology style discussions of societal structure ideology and economicsWhat s welcome about this volume is that it tells the mainstream history of the great powers Germany France Italy the UK etc and then for each chapter conducts a tour through all of the other countries of Europe Portugal Spain Ireland the countries of Eastern Europe the Soviet UnionRussia Turkey If ou re a pretty well read history buff Insectissimo! you probably know the stories of Germany France and the UK pretty well But the broad scope here is great becauseou can see for instance the evolution of say Bulgaria in the context of everything else going on The minor stars here are Hungary Czechoslovakia and Poland Poland s recent turn to a authoritarian style should be of great interest to American readers Kershaw is also pretty good on the breakup of Yugoslavia and the ensuing hostilities though for me I still don t understand what was really going on in Serbia Bosnia Herzegovina Montenegro etc It s also really interesting for an American reader because the United States is off stage Reagan gets some attention but for instance President Ford is never mention and Carter appears over a little 3 page stretch The book will help Americans understand better why Europeans with the exception of the UK see us as an ocean away as we areAnd then there are the two major stars One is Germany In his Afterword Kershaw underscores the radical differences between the Germany of the 1930s and the Germany of the 2010s It is really incredible and Kershaw keeps our eyes on the move toward democracy and eventual unification of East and West But none of that would have been possible without the agency of Mikhail Gorbachev the other major star The first 5 chapters and maybe the last 2 are somewhat boring for my taste but chapters 7 10 with Gorbachev at the center are exciting and well told Another nice thing about the book is that it keeps one s attention on the economic history For example the strong impact on the evolution of the EU and its finances owing to the German aversion to inflationUnfortunately I m really confused about the audience for this book and how it was intended to be read and used There are non descriptive chapter titles Eg Chapter 6 is entitled Challenges Er what kind of challenges While each chapter doesn t describe a specific swath of Fields of Fire (Frontlines, years each chapter would have benefited from some kind of subtitle for that one it would be Political Turbulence of the Late 1960s and Early 1970s Within a chapter there are sections with useful titles like The Migrant Crisis p 512 and Brexit p 532 but honestly why not put these section titles in the table of contentsThe explanation of terms the bibliography and the index are weak Just for example on terms Unlessou ve read some European history are Redeemed (The MacKays you going to know what is meant by athe falange It s not even in the index Another one Pillarisation Maybe ifou re English and have paid attention to the Belgians ou would know it The book was published by Allen LanePenguin but honestly can ou toss the American reader a bone This book is crying out for "an annotated bibliography guide for further reading It s not that obvious but the book has some historiographical axes "annotated bibliography guide
For Further Reading It further reading It not that obvious but the book has some historiographical axes grind for instance Kershaw has some investment in the great man style of history Why not help the reader I think such a guide would be valuable than the mere list of books we have at the end The usual God s view of European history in the given period but very well written and keeping one turning pages until the end highly recommended and arguably among the best in the series The Pursuit of Glory and The Pursuit of Power are the other truly outstanding books in the series though all 9that i read at least were interesting A good overview of the postwar The Wedding (Lux, years which most of us will benefit from reading The surprise however was that it was often dull as ma. The final chapter in the Penguin History of Europe series from the acclaimed scholar and author of To Hell and Back After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the twentieth century described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as being 'to Hell and back' theears from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of Europe Enormous economic improvements transformed the continent The catastrophic era of the.
review ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ò Ian KershawNy criticise history for being This "Not Typical Of Kershaw S Work "typical of Kershaw s usual work has vervePart of the problem is that it starts with the Cold War s early American Blues years This is sensible but makes for a dry start and many will lose interest Anti Communist protests in the GDR and Poland are interesting ifou already know about the later Hungarian and Czech uprisings but a bit obscure for general readers The main problem however is there is no overarching theme here giving coherence to the whole The publishers have been overly ambitious in covering the whole of the time since the war which doesn t have a clear narrative It would ve been far better to tackle the postwar ears in two volumes probably splitting the story in 1973 1989 1992 or 2000 Very well written and researched as expected by a leading scholar in the field Despite being a tad outside his subject specialism Ian Kershaw wrote a compelling fascinating insightful account of post war Europe Reservations and difficulties notwithstanding especially in regard to the author s standpoint purportedly middle ground this is a damn good book this is where we are now is a sentence no serious historian utters lightly A balanced view of the past unobscured by the emotional distortion that always accompanies present experience is hard enough to obtain Writing a book about the most recent chapter of history bordering on the present while remaining a balanced observer intending to create a truthful narrative is in my opinion a monumental task Kershaw takes on the challenge and offers the reader if heshe is an inhabitant citizen of Europe a rare gift a view from above onto the territory one has to navigate Agree with the authors expressed opinions at times or don t It is not a book that is supposed to put forward a specific political perspective It does not offer solutions However it offers something we are in great need for if we are to find solutions it offers perspective Contemporary historian Ian Kershaw had to write a book on twentieh century Europe for the Penguin History of Europe series he decided to write two books The first book To Hell and Back covers the period 1919 to 1949 while the second book Roller Coaster cov I m very surprised at the praise this is getting on GR as other dissenters have pointed out it reads like newspaper articles strung together and generally exhibits the kind of two cheers for liberalism thinking that caused the catastrophes GFC reactionary nationalism and so on of the early twenty first century Perhaps he just tried to include too much I imagine writing a book like this is uite a difficult task But it certainly doesn t live up to Kershaw s earlier volume on Europe during the war ears Perhaps better than Judt s Post War According to Kershaw himself the most difficult book he ever wrote but arguably also the best book he ever wrote It should be mandatory reading for every European politician or individual that thinks Europe or the EU should be dismantled Though uite a lot of ground to cover in 700 pages the book is extremely well I first read Ian Kershaw s work with his superb two volume biography of Hitler He is a fine historian and has written an excellent book the latest volume in Penguin s history of Europe seriesHow one approaches a volume like this will depend on one s age when encountering it Younger readers may well run into a volume like this in an assigned seminar or advanced course or a preparation for some form of comprehensive examination As a text it succeeds admirably and is well written and organized and fairly thorough in its coverage While Kershaw admits his limitations up front his coverage of
the wide range of difficult areas in thewide range of difficult areas in the is astonishing while at the same time not overdone I especially liked the section on the Yugoslav Civil War Readers will likely need additional work if they want to follow up on nuances in technological change or the financialeconomic background to the Great Recession but that was to be expected and there is a huge recent literature to go to for these topicsWhen one comes on a volume like this at a later age the thought is to moan about just how much one remember. World wars receded into an ever distant past though its long shadow continued to shape mentalitiesYet Europe was now a divided continent living under the nuclear threat in a period intermittently fraught with anxiety There were by most definitions striking successes the Soviet bloc melted away dictatorships vanished and Germany was successfully reunited But accelerating globalization brought new fragilities The interlocking crise. S from this broad span of events and see whether one s memories match with the accounts of the book This
was enjoyable since the accounts that were relevant ring true and start to move fromenjoyable since the accounts that were relevant ring true and start to move from accounts and columns in the Economist to historical writingAnother important issue is the general perspective of a massive work like this in particular how does it compare with Tony Judt s work Postwar I am not getting rid of my copy of Judt but this is also a fine work Kershaw is especially convincing at drawing together the ways in which Europe by 2017 was immeasurably better than it was in 1950 even when the entire continent seems in decline How The Global Age fits with Postwar will reuire a bit thought but I remain hopeful as Kershaw does at the end of the book A book that offers much but with significant gaps and an absence of analysis Europe s story since 1950 is one of threat change success challenge and improvement perhaps lost opportunity too and so promises a rollercoaster of a ride for the reader Ian
Kershaw s book was in the main a pleasure to read and covers a great deals book was in the main a pleasure to read and covers a great deal its pages but like the aforementioned rollercoaster it has dips and can feel uneven at timesThe early ears leading to the 1960s is very well done and as the story moves from the 1970s I started to feel the book was only partly delivering on its sub title of Europe 1950 2017I was disappointed not to see significant or detailed mention of tourism trade and culture The impact on Europe s nations and its fabric from tourism has changed economies lives and indeed coastlines and other infrastructure with construction of resorts roads and airports Yet little is discussed Likewise trade there s naturally mention of East and West and their differences and changes in traditional industry but nothing on the success for example of the German car industry worldwide and how this drove and used technology Nothing on say high tech or global European brands and how these contributed to wealth and global trade How design manufacturing techniues and supply chains evolved Nothing on say Rotterdam s place in world shipping and logistics nothing on fishing and the political and environmental impacts exhausted stocks and uotas Nothing on Russia s supply of energy to much of western Europe There is sparse mention of sport so nothing on the Olympic games or football skiing or say motor sport all again supporting international jobs in design construction technology and reaching far into and across Europe for dependent and interdependent industries Likewise culture and arts Music is near ignored and et its place in people s lives and as commercial ventures with performers on world stadium filling tours or classical concerts Not even a mention of the Eurovision song contest an annual televised extravaganza that sees numerous European nations compete Nothing on how art has become and architecture draw people to museums galleries and citiesThe internet gets a simple single mention it was invented by Tim Berners Lee So nothing on how it the internet changed how people governments and companies trade work and speak with each other In this book it has no impact or influence on Europe there is nothing on social media and how this is used or influences politics discussion and people s beliefs or ability to view and challenge news and opinionSurprising too was no mention whatsoever of the European Space Agency or other European bodies who have played central "Roles In Europe And "in Europe and Nothing on Europe s work to help medicine Red CrossMSF disease Ebola or Polio and famine Ethiopia Biafra or less palatably how crime and criminals in Europe responded to world social and technological trends or indeed helped create global criminality no mention of drugs modern slavery or cyber crime no mention on intelligence work et NATO for example gets lots of mentions Not a single word on Europol or InterpolAll in all it was a useful book but with much missing including any sources or references and the odd tiresome opinion from the author One wonders if this would have been a better book had it been split at say 1973 oil crisis or 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union. S after 2008 were the clearest warnings to Europeans that there was no guarantee of peace and stability and even today the continent threatens further fracturing In this remarkable book Ian Kershaw has created a grand panorama of the world we live in and where it came from Drawing on examples from all across Europe The Global Age is an endlessly fascinating portrait of the recent past and present and a cautious look into our futu. .