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A History of Modern Europe, Volume 2: From the French Revolution to the Present Paperback – Sep 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np); 3rd Revised edition edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393933857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393933857
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
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About the Author

John Merriman is the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. A specialist in nineteenth century French history, Merriman earned his Ph. D at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many books, including The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier, 1815-1851; Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century; The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848-1851; and, most recently, The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (Norton, 2002). He regularly teaches the survey of modern European history at Yale.

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This book by John Merriman is not well written. The author's writing style makes this book tedious to read, and the organization of topics and events is inadequate. For example, under the heading "Impact of the War" the author fails to include the important consequences and impact of the Great War. I also find the author overly opinionated and fails to provide citations or sources for those opinions.
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This is the 2nd volume, not the first as listed.
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By A Customer on Jan. 6 1999
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This was a good attempt at trying to write a text book on such a large span of time. However, in the process some topics were glazed over. An example of this would be Merriman's treatment of the first World War where the battles of Dieppe and Vimy Ridge were not mentioned. There was also a definite American slant in the treatment of the same topic. For example, the role of Canada in the war was ignored. Instead the role of the United States in the war was highlighted.
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HASH(0xa4d063a8) out of 5 stars Despite the perfectly reasonable objections below . . . April 23 2006
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. . . I am giving John Merriman's A HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE (Vol. 2, French Revolution to Present) five stars because I think it offers a better survey of the topic than older books on the subject. While this book pretty much operates under a "big-man" theory of history, it does mention social and economic trends, along with a nod, via color plating, to changing trends in art. It would have been nicer to have more of the kind of history that doesn't fall under military/diplomatic lines, but at some point, had Merriman tried to discuss everything, we'd have left a comprehensive history and begun a multi-volume encyclopedia!

I also appreciated Merriman's well-measured and friendly prose style, which is discursive without being digressive. Contemporary political cartoons and made objects are pictured in A HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE, as well as the maps and portraits we would expect.

If you can find a better comprehensive history, buy it. I myself can find none better.
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HASH(0xa4d067b0) out of 5 stars An ambitious and comprehensive project March 1 2005
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Merriman, who is the author of several lucid histories on early modern France, has taken on the entire landscape of modern Europe. His treatment of industrial and imperialist developments in Western and Central Europe is especially noteworthy. (Volume I of his work covers the Renaissance to Napoleon.) I would have liked to see attention given to southern and eastern European social issues. But overall, the text is well done and well organized.
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HASH(0xa4d06828) out of 5 stars A History of Modern Europe French Revolutiuon to Present, Merriman Jan. 7 2008
By W. B. Holloway - Published on
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I bought Merriman's "A History of Modern Europe" as an adjunct to my studying Nineteenth European history in the Teaching Company's DVDs on the subject. I am partiuculatly interested in the period between Bismark's unification of Germany and the beginnings of WW1. Altho the trigger on WW1 was pulled in the assination of Austrian Archduke Fendinand, the national entanglements over the years preceeding this set the stage for a world wide conflict - this text book surveys this period very well. I think Bismarks alliances are complex, and any text that can untangle these are a welcome source of information. If you are to have only one survey book on Modern European History this is the one.
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HASH(0xa4d06bb8) out of 5 stars A History of Modern History: From the French Revolution to the Present May 28 2009
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This is the second volume of a two volume set on the history of Western Europe. After reading the first book I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Mr. Merriman has a way of making history come alive and relevent. I found myself making comparisons to America's present challenges to those of Europe in the 19th through 21st century. I highly recommend both volumes to anyone interested in learning where we have been and where we might be headed.
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HASH(0xa4d06cf0) out of 5 stars So comprehensive. I had to read / use this for a course at Georgetown SCS Dec 29 2013
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Wow. To say that this book packs a lot into one volume is an understatement.
For all my fellow students at Georgetown, you will need reading glasses after finishing this book.

I did learn a lot from it. One particular part of the book which has stuck with me and made a very emotional impression was the chapters on WW1 and WW2, especially the tables on the casualty counts from WW1 have haunted me ever since I read them. The numbers are mind-numbing and surreal. The photos of the firebombing at Dresden, Germany left me reeling with emotion. The burned bodies lying stacked like cordwood haunted my mind and heart for weeks, even months, after seeing the pictures.

I am grateful that the authors of this book (and Georgetown University for selecting this text) do not sugar coat history. It is brutal, bloody, and deserves a proper airing so that we can take away a true appreciation of the sacrifices of the people that have come before us.

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