The Shortest History of Europe: How Conquest, Culture, and Religion Forged a Continent - A Retelling for Our Times (Paperback)

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The Shortest History of Europe: How Conquest, Culture, and Religion Forged a Continent - A Retelling for Our Times (Paperback)

By James Hirst, Filip Slaveski (Afterword by)

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Uncover the decisive moments that shaped a world-changing continent. The Shortest History books deliver thousands of years of history in one riveting, fast-paced read.


Celebrated historian John Hirst draws from his own lectures to deliver this ultra-accessible master class on the making of modern Europe, from Ancient Greece through World War II. With over 600,000 copies sold worldwide, this brief history is a global sensation propelled by a thesis of astonishing simplicity: Just three elements—German warfare, Greek and Roman culture, and Christianity—come together to explain everything else, from the Crusades to the Industrial Revolution. Hirst’s razor-sharp grasp of cause and effect helps us see with sparkling clarity how the history of Europe—the crucible of liberal democracy—shapes the way we live today.
John Hirst (1942–2016) was a celebrated historian and social commentator whose notable history books include Australian History in Seven Questions and The Australians. A history professor at La Trobe University for almost 40 years, he lived in Melbourne, Australia.

Product Details ISBN: 9781615199143
ISBN-10: 1615199144
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Shortest History
Written in easily approachable style and resonating like the lectures of a beloved and provocative undergraduate history professor, this summary of European history holds broad appeal. . . . Simple, clever graphics clarify Hirst’s theses and make them memorable.
— Booklist, starred review

Crisp, lucid, and evocative.
— Australian Book Review

A wise, illuminating little book.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

An entertaining, learned piece of historical compression.
— The Age

Beautifully and sparely constructed, yet rich in fact, feeling and detail, sweeping, challenging and funny.
— James Button, journalist and editor

Great stuff, the book as a whole is constantly thought-provoking.
— Courier Mail

Underwrite an overview of a complicated topic with one of these new short-and-sweet distillations . . . with maps, charts, sidebars, and illustrations to bring it alive.
— Mosaic, Morgan Stanley