The Shortest History of Europe: How Conquest, Culture, and Religion Forged a Continent - A Retelling for Our Times (Paperback)
Uncover the decisive moments that shaped a world-changing continent. The Shortest History books deliver thousands of years of history in one riveting, fast-paced read.
Celebrated historian John Hirst draws from his own lectures to deliver this ultra-accessible master class on the making of modern Europe, from Ancient Greece through World War II. With over 600,000 copies sold worldwide, this brief history is a global sensation propelled by a thesis of astonishing simplicity: Just three elements—German warfare, Greek and Roman culture, and Christianity—come together to explain everything else, from the Crusades to the Industrial Revolution. Hirst’s razor-sharp grasp of cause and effect helps us see with sparkling clarity how the history of Europe—the crucible of liberal democracy—shapes the way we live today.
— Booklist, starred review
Crisp, lucid, and evocative.
— Australian Book Review
A wise, illuminating little book.
— The Sydney Morning Herald
An entertaining, learned piece of historical compression.
— The Age
Beautifully and sparely constructed, yet rich in fact, feeling and detail, sweeping, challenging and funny.
— James Button, journalist and editor
Great stuff, the book as a whole is constantly thought-provoking.
— Courier Mail
Underwrite an overview of a complicated topic with one of these new short-and-sweet distillations . . . with maps, charts, sidebars, and illustrations to bring it alive.
— Mosaic, Morgan Stanley