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The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 1848-1918 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

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The fall of Metternich in the revolutions which swept Europe in 1848 heralded an era of unprecedented nationalism, which culminated in the collapse of the Habsburg, Romanov, and Hohenzollern dynasties at the of the First World War. In the intervening seventy years which are the subject of this book, the boundaries of Europe changed dramatically from those established at Vi ...more
Paperback, 674 pages
Published December 4th 1980 by Oxford University Press (first published December 4th 1954)
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Kevin
Jan 20, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing
A panoramic view of European history from the revolutions of 1848 to the end of the First World Power, when Europe "ceased to be the centre of the world". Though Taylor can be extremely dense, (if I had a nickel for every semi-colon...), he delves into every era with a tenacious insight that leaves you simultaneously gasping for air upon finishing and filled with a profound knowledge of the aims and motives of the great powers and their leaders alike.
I especially liked his treatment of the Crim
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Cat
Aug 27, 2007 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of foreign affairs magazine.
Shelves: europeanhistory
What possessed me to purchase this book? There I was, in Bonanza Books, my favorite book store in my parent's home town. I looked at the title and thought, "Maybe I am interested in the struggle for mastery in europe (1848-1918).

I'm not at all a fan of european diplomatic history. Though the material has a certain "Wes Anderson" (filmmaker of Rushmore and Royal Tennenbaum) flavor to it. Lots of triple ententes, diplomatic notes and, my favorite phrase in the whole book- "secret diplomacy". You s
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Lauren Albert
Jun 24, 2017 Lauren Albert rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-european
I just couldn't do it. I clearly tried reading both this and his history of England more than once since I found bookmarks in them. I read collections of his essays without a problem. So why can't I make it through these? Partly because he makes statements about situations without explanation. In general, I just couldn't follow. I like to consider myself less ignorant about history than many Americans (if more ignorant than many non-Americans). But maybe I'm wrong.
Scriptor Ignotus
A dense but fascinating account of the intricacies of European diplomacy from the 1848 revolutions, which unhinged the system established at Vienna by Metternich, to the end of the Great War, in which, as Taylor argued, Europe ceased to be entirely the master of its own affairs, becoming a battleground between liberalism and communism. If you're looking for a good international political history of this era, it is hard to go wrong with Taylor. All of the great developments of the era are covered ...more
Mohammed
Feb 27, 2013 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب يوضح دهاليز قيام التحالفات بين الدول و مدى تأثيرها مصائر الأمم فى ذلك الوقت
4triplezed
May 19, 2015 4triplezed rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, europe
I can hardly complain. A battered copy for few cents in a 2nd hand book shop but it was along haul. Diplomatic history written for those studying diplomacy? I have read plenty of dry and dense history and some I thought was very good indeed but this just seemed to be page after page of dense stream of consciousness prose. I learnt a bit hence 2 stars but I have one more by the author and may give it a while before I get into it.
Douglas
Jun 06, 2007 Douglas rated it really liked it
a classic diplomatic/political history of Europe from the 1848 revolutions to the US entry into WW1. the author picked that as the closing date because that was when Europe stopped dictating its own fate.

this is history from the towering heights - kings, Kaisers, prime ministers and so forth. a refreshing change of pace from the now-obligatory narrative histories.
Dave
Mar 17, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
It's hard to imagine a better one-stop-shop for all you might want to know about this period. While I like to use this as a reference for particular things, I found I could not read it cover to cover. It is so jam packed that I felt it lost any sense of narrative.
Zach
Oct 30, 2016 Zach rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
An extremely thorough look at international diplomacy during the height of the European balance of power. The author has a dry style that was very amusing to me. But beware that this is a history of international relations only - anything else is only mentioned in passing, if at all.
Dfordoom
Political/military/diplomatic history is no longer my thing, but if you do like that sot of thing few people did it better than A. J. P. Taylor.
Nathan
Jan 18, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
A history of diplomatic maneouvring between the European great powers before World War 1. Rather dry, with little editorial comment. Still, good to learn things from if you're into such things. 3/5
Robert
May 26, 2008 Robert added it
Definitive - but also intensely dry and academic.
Greg D'Avis
Feb 20, 2012 Greg D'Avis rated it it was amazing
First read this in college -- now giving it another go. I can already tell it's going to be amazing.
Andy
Jul 05, 2013 Andy rated it it was amazing
One of the great history writers of all time writes the greatest history of all time. This book is lengthy, but Taylor is never overly pedantic. Highly recommended
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Jul 29, 2014 Tyler Ostergaard rated it really liked it
Great read but ONLY if you enjoy complex diplomatic history. Still a breathtaking work of scholarship.
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