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Mar 14, 2000
| ISBN 9780679757047
May 20, 2009
| ISBN 9780307555502
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Mar 14, 2000 | ISBN 9780679757047
May 20, 2009 | ISBN 9780307555502
“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 old temptations.” —Los Angeles TimesDark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take.Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention. Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next. Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europe’s past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts.
Mark Mazower is the Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of Governing the World, Hitler’s Empire and The Balkans: A Short History, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History, among other books. He lives in New… More about Mark Mazower
"This splendid book makes a convincing case for a different version of 20th century European history." -The New York Times Book Review
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