Editorial Reviews. Review. 'Crisp, lucid and evocative' - Australian Book Review. About the The Shortest History of Europe - site edition by John Hirst. Description Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world- changing civilisation, from Ancient Greece and Rome to the two World Wars. The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation. Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing Shortest History of Europe.

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PDF - The Shortest History of Europe. A wise, illuminating little book' Sydney Morning Herald'An entertaining, learned piece of historical compression' The. The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst Download eBook The ISBN: Page: Publisher: Black Inc. Format: pdf David. View 12 - The Shortest History of Europe John from ECONOMICS ECON at HKU.

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Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation. The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid overview of European civilisation, describing its birth from an unlikely mixture of classical learning, Christianity and German warrior culture.

Over the centuries, this unstable blend produced highly distinctive characters — pious knights and belligerent popes, romantics spouting folklore and revolutionaries imitating Rome — and its coming apart provided the dynamic of European history in modern times. Accompanied by lively illustrations, The Shortest History of Europe is a clear, humorous and thought-provoking account of a remarkable civilisation.

This new edition brings the story into the present, covering the world wars and beyond.

History Nonfiction Publication Details Publisher: Schwartz Publishing Pty. Ltd Imprint: Black Inc. Chapter 1 Europe is a mix of people: - the Greeks, who thought the world was simple, logical, and mathematical - the Christians, who thought the world was evil with only Jesus to save them - and the Germans, who thought waging war was the greatest What happened when these groups came together?

At first the Christians w Great book for a very high-level overview of the history of Europe. At first the Christians were persecuted but in , Constantine gave the Christians protection and later made Christianity the only state religion.

Then the christian religion changed as it grew.

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The Christians created a whole hierarchy of priests, bishops and archbishops—culminating with the Pope in Rome. This hierarchy had its own courts and dungeons and collaborated with the civil secular power of the emperor. The churches were on a path to catalog and systematize their knowledge and to that aim they hired the philosophers and thinkers of Rome and Greece.

When Rome fell, the cities shrank and the hamlets became fiefs and local rulers held the real power. The king did not have much power and was lucky if he could assemble an army. The Christian Church began revisiting the Greek and Roman texts and began writing a Christian literature that built upon these writings.

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The year is and this situation is about to break down. Chapter 2 The Renaissance is often portrayed as the re-discovery of Greek and Roman thinking but actually it is not so. Two movements began removing power from the Church: the Renaissance and the Reformation.

The Reformation was trying to extirpate the Roman Church from the Roman empire, to get back a Church as it used to be, before the merge. At the same time, the Renaissance thinkers were trying to extirpate the Greek and Roman knowledge from the Catholic Church.

The scientific revolution was another force that would try to remove the Christian influence on science and knowledge. Interestingly, the scientists of the 17th century would contradict their Greek predecessors while still using the Greek methodology of mathematics. Several movements began rising against the backdrop of the Renaissance.

Around this time also came the idea that peoples should govern themselves and each nation should have its own government. This is the era of nationalism.

Constantinople fell to these Ottomans in He knew, too, that at its heart were territories that were now Catholic lands and had once been part of the Roman empire. The king thus allowed the pope to keep only a small patch of territory around his living quarters.

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No notes for slide. The industrious provinces of western and southern Germany provided the funds for the Prussian state and military and tax breaks for Junker aristocrats.

Mon premier blog. Bavaria and the bierkellers of Munich, despite being the birthplace of Nazism, were rock solid against the movement, with the party failing to log even 25 per cent of the vote in

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