Simon Jenkins: A Short History of Europe
Saturday 27 October
A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin
What could be more of the moment than a measured, beautifully written, easily digestible piece of historical context, the perfect background against which to see Brexit and all its attendant turmoil?
Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. In this dazzling new history, distinguished journalist and bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom – a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Reformation and French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day.
Despite its often troubled history, Europe has left an indelible mark on the world. How did one small continent become so powerful? How did these diverse peninsulas and islands, over time, develop a collective consciousness? How did diplomacy so often collapse into bloodshed, and what are the implications of this today? How has migration shaped European history, and how have recurring themes, such as the East-West divide and the tensions between liberalism and centralisation, played out over the centuries? What can we learn from Britain’s often complex relationship with Europe?
Despite the importance of Europe’s politics, economy and culture, there has not been – until now – a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, eras and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely.