Dark Continent has ratings and 90 reviews. Nikos said: Εκπληκτικό βιβλίο ιστορίας. Όλη η ιστορία της Ευρώπης του 20ου αιώνα απλά και κατανοητά από. Mazower (Inside Hitler’s Greece) shapes his well-written history of Europe’s 20th century as a struggle among liberal democracy, communism and fascism. “A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible.

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The canard that led me to dock Mazower a star, mazowrr, is this sentence, brought in for no particularly good reason on p. He shows the history of Europe in the 20th century as a struggle that could have gone a different way multiple times in its history, rather than a black-and-white story of progress towards “end of history” liberal democracies. Probably one of the best books on 20th century history I have dwrk read and an historical map showing how and why we got from to where we are now.

Ahistorical third-rate Guardian op-ed bullshit.

The Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century

However, there are some inconsistencies, especially in the chapters on Eastern bloc, where some important parts are just missing. For example, he doesn’t just tell you that politics changed in Europe after the Nazi defeat and how but why they changed the way they did and darm those changes effected things later. On the contrary, one of my aims in writing Dark Continent was to try to see the postwar period in historical perspective.

The cover blurb is also misleading. The chronological run of Mazower’s twentieth century – from to therefore bears comparison with Eric Hobsbawm’s recent Age of Extremes: I highly recommend it to anyone interested in modern European history. Skip to main content.


I was taken in mazoweer the promise of the cover blurb and the dqrk few pages – that this would be a book discussing how fascism and communism were not abberations imposed on a freedom-loving Europe, but competing solutions for social and economic problems, and how many of the coontinent we associate today with democratic Europe have their clearest precursors not in the I bought this for a dollar from the cheap rack outside the secondhand bookshop on campus, the source of so much of my reading material.

It gives one a terrific sense of the connectedness continejt history. This book is very informative but not an easy read, quite dense at times. The author has a lot of facts and anecdotes about the twentieth century, but something was missing.

He is currently the Ira D. To give Mazower his due, his coverage of the decade of the s is the best in the book, indeed the heart of the book. Why is hardly self-explanatory, when you consider a cpntinent of its oddities: References to this book Europe Undivided: Books by Mark Mazower. On occasion, this can lead dxrk a certain quirkiness of coverage: The Short Twentieth Century,albeit retarded some five years. He is not fond of Thatcher or that postive about the EU, but is happy that post-war Europe has settled peacefully even complacently into its smaller world role.

In both Western and Eastern Europe a drive for consumer goods in the 60s and 70s replaced heroic post-war rebuilding efforts.

Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower

What may be termed the demographic dimension is invariably superbly covered throughout Mazower’s book, with a special regard for the plight of national and religious minorities in an era of ethnic cleansing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By telling the entire history of the century, the author avoids falling into the easy periodization that most other histories follow.


It is for this reason that we find both high levels of support for democracy in cross-national opinion polls and high rates of political apathy.

Mazower’s geopolitical coverage of the European continent is remarkably wide-ranging, reaching to countries which are often neglected in general surveys but without sacrificing necessary concentration on the major international players.

The title is a mistake, sending the wrong monochrome message regarding both twentieth-century Europe and the author’s professionally polychromatic treatment of its richly-textured history.

As for darkness and light, I entirely agree with the reviewer that the second half of the century is a less gloomy affair than the first. Goodreads helps you keep mazoaer of books you want to read. Europe since has certainly not been all light still less sweetness but there has certainly been substantial improvement over the pre period.

The continent’s behaviour and reactions are cyclical. Mazower does not examine European colonialism in any detail.

The book’s epilogue alone is a terrifyingly accurate and explanatory summary of what went wrong with the EU project.