Comprehensive in its scope and brilliantly readable, this is a superb follow-up to the author's bestselling Penguin History of the World. The New York Times bestselling volume in the Penguin History of Europe series Between the end of the Thirty Years’ War and the Battle of Waterloo, Europe underwent an extraordinary transformatoin that saw five of the modern world’s great revolutions–scientific, industrial, American, French, and romantic. I think it has a slight English bias (which doesn't really deduct from the quality of the work) , and lacks a list of secondary sources (would love to read more specialised books). He was a contemporary and lifelong friend of Tom Bingham, later the Senior Law Lord, as well as of the military historian, Sir John Keegan, whose sister Mary he married. Part II of my Ionian Islands theme reading. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s an incredibly dry book. The last chapter of the book also talks about the twentieth century, the century of wars and bloodshed across the globe, the emergence of new countries in the European continent, and the new world order that shaped modern European countries. Maurice Keen examines tribal wars, the Crusades, the growth of trade and the shifting patterns of community life as villages grew into towns and towns into sizeable cities. John asked for it, John got it: Caveat Lector. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Review: The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000 by Chris WickhamIan Mortimer finds a gallop from Rome to the Renaissance misses out on the details A very good read for anyone wanting an overview of European history. The European Review is a unique interdisciplinary international journal covering a wide range of subjects. It provides a decent "big picture" overview of European history from the Stone Age through the end of the Bosnian-Serb war in the mid-1990s. It has a strong emphasis on Europe and on economics, history, social science, and general aspects of the sciences. The Penguin History of Europe has generally been an exciting and innovative series - each volume full of provocative insights, illuminating vignettes, wide ranging thematic surveys - full of up to date scholarship and a joy to read. Read 15 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. I found a The Penguin History of Europe (A History of Europe in hardback) a delightful informative read. Europe in the High Middle Ages by William Chaster Jordan is the third book in the series The Penguin History of Europe. For a discipline as potentially biased as History (Roberts has very clear opinions about the European past-- this is not a book that simply relates "facts", and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, just something to be aware of), I like to be able to see which sources were used so I can better evaluate the author's arguments. Comprehensive in its scope and brilliantly readable, this is a superb follow-up to the author's bestselling "Penguin History of the World". Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. As someone who has never studied the Medieval period before, this was a really fantastic introduction to an area of history that I am now compelled to learn more about. The author displays the information and doesn’t really add much more. From 1979-1985 he was Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton, and from 1985-1994, Warden of Merton College, Oxford. All I wanted was a nice read about medieval times that would help me understand the era as research for a book. Tags. Be the first to ask a question about The Penguin History of Europe. Posted in: The Penguin History of Europe. A good intro to this period in history. His father had been the Oxford University head of finance ('Keeper of the University Chest') and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and after schooling at Winchester College, Maurice became an undergraduate there in 1954. In fact, there are a number of claims that he makes about native peoples that seem to come out of scholarship of the 1960s and earlier. The Birth of Classical Europe, by Simon Price and Peter Thronemann is the first book in a series, The Penguin History of Europe. After reading this book, one can be able to know how the Europeans went through religious changes, how they bade farewell to their orthodox religious dogmas and began their journey toward modernity in the sixteent.