↠´ The Penguin Atlas of Recent History: Europe Since 1815 (Hist Atlas) ↠´ Download by ë Colin McEvedy
↠´ The Penguin Atlas of Recent History: Europe Since 1815 (Hist Atlas) ↠´ Download by ë Colin McEvedy A breezy visual look of European history from 1815 to after World War II, as defined by the nation s borders The book s format has the left page text describes the right page map, whether that s battle maneuvers, ceded territories or growing cities McEvedy does a good job distilling the complex history down to a few paragraphs, and he s not afraid to poke fun at the statesmen of the era either Sometimes his commentary can be a little too dismissive, but this is a nice visual reference and a fun read on top of that. This Bestselling Atlas Is An Ideal Introduction To The Major Events And Developments In Europe FromToIt Now Includes Than Fifty Completely New And Updated Color Maps Complemented By Accessible, Concise Text This Revised Edition Also Includes A New Section CoveringTo The Dawn Of The Twenty First Century, With Information On A Wide Range Of Issues, From Population Growth To The Conflict In The Former Yugoslavia In my late 20s, it dawned on me that part of my sketchy understanding of history which I was attempting to remedy was fueled by an evensketchy understanding of geography Why, in particular, did Galicia seem to be in both Spain and Poland because there are two of them Why was the same piece of territory sometime called Alsace and other time called Lorraine depends on who owned it France or Germany What was up with all of these Italian city states Or German duchies Why weren t these a single country the way I d been taught in school they merged over time Enter The Penguin Atlas series These four synoptic books covered in about 300 pages the literal groundwork I needed for an understanding of European history One map and one facing summary, turn the page, time passes,maps and summaries. One reviewer has complained that these This is a review of all four Penguin Atlases ofHistory Four stars because of the engaging and informative chronological and topical charts, but not so much for McEvedy s left page analysis, which was at turns soporific and, if i recall, borderline chauvinistic. I imagine the interwebs can provide muchin the way of an interactive flashy light show type map experience these days, but these books worked for me in the 90s. I found McEvedy s medieval Atlas to be theuseful and entertaining something about the heavy and recent stakes in the 20th century doesn t gel perfectly with his glib style which is great from a distance The selling point continues to be whirlwind but not shallow tours of the subject matter and the beautiful use of fixed reference frame, simplified, evolving maps to tell the story McEvedy s maps help you quickly understand the content as it strings over time.
In this addictive series of books, the last volume falls a bit short, owing to a long blow by blow of WWII that I m not sure I needed In comparison to other volumes, this book gives one the impression that there s nothingto life than war, which is rather disappointing. A run through of European history from 1815 to 2000 told through maps It makes some superficial conclusions, but they don t seem directly wrong And the speed of which we are going through the events is great. Of particular interest was the following The Netherlands had been divided into protestant Holland and catholic Spain now Belgium The south was inherited by Austria, annexed by France, placed under Holland, rebelled and established itself as Belgium in 1830 The French revolution of 1848 establishing the second republic bringing a fear of revolutionary wars through Europe Napoleons nephew Louis Napoleon became president The Crimean war of 1853 1856 as Russia also tried to take some of the Ottoman empire, but UK and France then attacked The heir of Schleswig Holstein was not the same heir to the Danish throne, which lead to the war with Prussia and Austria in 1864
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