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3.00690721649485 out of 53.00690721649485 out of 53.00690721649485 out of 53.00690721649485 out of 53.00690721649485 out of 5 3.01 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. M. Roberts Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455179695
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How is it that the small continent of Europe, with its rich multiplicity of cultures and traditions, has managed to exert so profound an influence on the rest of the world? Roberts’ sweeping and entertaining history notes the paradoxical effect, for good and ill, on everything touched by those Western values that originated in Europe.

Beginning with its Paleolithic origins and the early civilizations of the Aegean, Roberts traces the development of the European identity over the course of thousands of years, ranging across empires and religions, economics, science, and the arts. Antiquity, the age of Christendom, the Middle Ages, early modern history, and the old European order are all surveyed in turn, with particular emphasis given to the turbulent twentieth century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The appearance of A History of Europe by J.M. Roberts is…timely and welcome.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Combines authority and good sense with fluency and wit. For the reader looking for an account which is concise but comprehensive, lively but reliable, this is the obvious choice.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A lucid, convincing introductory guide, certainly the best such summation currently available.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Okhuysen | 8/22/2013

    " Thorough, extensive, readable - long (45 hrs to get through this tome) Wonderful to work through a piece like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sebastien | 1/9/2012

    " Very solid overview of general European history. Some parts of the book lost my interest, but that's because 20th century history is what interests me most... also, this book seemed to have a heavy focus on British history as compared to the other European cultures, but overall the balance was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/12/2011

    " This is an omniborus of 6 books with book one starting at the beginning of Europe (the forming of the continent) to the Roman Empire. Absolutely fascinating and filled with detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/1/2010

    " Thorough, extensive, readable - long (45 hrs to get through this tome) Wonderful to work through a piece like this. "

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About the Author

J. M. Roberts (1928–2003) was born in England and educated at Oxford. After National Service, he returned to Oxford as a fellow. He held posts in the United States at Princeton and Columbia universities, among others. He was general editor of The New Oxford History of England and authored several influential books of history.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.