A History of Modern Europe, Volume 2: From the French Revolution to the Present
Available in both one-volume and two-volume paperback editions, A History of Modern Europe presents a panoramic survey of modern Europe from the Renaissance to the present day. A single author lends a unified approach and consistent style throughout, with an emphasis on the connections of events and people over time. The Third Edition, like the two before it, is authoritat...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 912 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published June 1st 1996)
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Jun 14, 2010 Mark Singer rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in European history
Recommended to Mark by: no one
Merriman manages to be both complete and descriptive without being long-winded, which is a major accomplishment for a history textbook. I first read this book in the spring of 2009 for a college course called "Revolutionary Europe: 1789 to 1989" and am currently reading Chapters 12-22, from the French Revolution to the First World War (1789-1914), in preparation for a course I am taking in the fall of 2010 on 19th century Europe.
John Merriman, who received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, teaches French and Modern European history. His books include The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848-1851 (1978); The Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century (1985), published in French as Limoges, la Ville Rouge (1990); The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French...moreMore about John Merriman...