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History of Europe
From Renaissance to the End of the Cold War

  • Rohit Majumdar - Independent Research Scholar in History and Anthropology; Lifetime member of the National Geographic Society
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August 2020 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
A concise textbook on the history of Europe viewed through the lens of economy, technology, information politics and war.

History of Europe helps students, teachers and enthusiasts of history to gain an understanding of the genesis of modern Europe. The book has been structured in an unconventional yet logical manner, keeping in mind the difficulty students face while relating facts and time periods in history. It is segregated into four modules, which bring in multiple angles to provide an all-encompassing perspective of European history along with a parallel understanding of world history, thus establishing a holistic framework of the events. The modules cover Renaissance to pre-Napoleonic era, holocausts to consolidation of global sustainability, Cold War era, and the conflict and culture in European globalization since 1989.

Thorough integration maps, illustrations and special vignettes make the textbook interactive, informative and illustrative for students to easily internalize and recollect the major events and their causes and consequences.

Key Features:

• A unique learning experience of history through extensive chronological detailing and multiple parallels of events

• Includes forty-one maps, which act as visual guides to the geography of politics, campaigns, battles and expansion of empires

• Commentary sections summarizing the key themes and examining global and comparative developments going beyond the geographic framework

• First-hand notes and commentaries of the First and Second World Wars and eyewitness accounts

• Extensive source citations along with weblinks and suggestions for further reading
 
 
To My students: How I Look at European History
 
Acknowledgements
 
CHRONOLOGY: 55 AD TO 1788
 
MODULE I: THE EUROPEAN EXPANSION AND WAR POLITICS: RENAISSANCE TO PRE-NAPOLEON
 
Introduction
 
Background I: Towards the Christian Consolidation
 
Background II: The Genesis of Modern Europe
 
Background III: The Islamic–Christian Detachment: Sacred Battles and Sacrileges and Turks
 
Background IV: The Renaissance: Baptistery of Florence Cathedral to High Renaissance
 
First Parallel: Explorations, Wars and Capitalistic Society: 1490s to 1789
 
Theme 1. Renaissance Reformation and Sciences
 
Theme 2. Reforming War Technology: Battle for Supremacy
 
Theme 3. The Renaissance of Global Militarization Eurasian Expansion (1500–1750)
 
Theme 4. The Ottoman Empire (1453–1699)
 
Theme 5. Warfare in Africa (1415–1570)
 
Theme 6. The Final Frontiers of the European Renaissance Empires: Southeast Asia and India
 
Theme 7. The Thirty Years War (1618–1648)
 
Theme 8. The Capitalistic Wars, Commerce and Deconsolidation in Europe
 
Theme 9. American Revolution and Europe’s De-centralization of Power
 
Second Parallel: Renaissance of the Dominion States: Growth of Information Matrix till Napoleon
 
Theme 1. Technological and Informational Dominion in the West
 
Theme 2. The Hundred Years’ War in Europe and After
 
Theme 3. Rise of Information Highway in Europe
 
Theme 4. Scientific Secularism and the Italian Parallel
 
Theme 5. The Matrix of Informational Growth in Post Naval Expansion
 
Third Parallel: The French Dominion on European States: Renaissance to Pre-Napoleon Politico-Social Orders Suprématie Française
 
Theme 1. The Sanctuary of European Dominion
 
Theme 2. Hugh Capet and French Dynastic Power
 
Theme 3. French–British Fragility and Disasters
 
Theme 4. The Renaissance and the Rise of the Monarchy
 
Theme 5. The Wars of Religion and Collaterals
 
Theme 6. The Age of Absolutism
 
Theme 7. The 17th-Century French Politics
 
Theme 8. French Monarchial Regression during the 18th Century
 
Theme 9. Eighteenth-Century Foreign Policy: France, England, Europe
 
Theme 10. Influence to Precipice
 
Fourth Parallel: War of Ideas: European Enlightenment
 
Theme 1. The Race for Intellectual Superiority
 
Theme 2. Intellectualism and Knowledge Theorists
 
Theme 3. The Enlightened Monarchs
 
Theme 4. The English Enlightenment
 
Theme 5. Science in the Age of Reason
 
Theme 6. The Russian Enlightenment
 
Theme 7. The German Enlightenment
 
Theme 8. Voltaire’s Enlightenment: The French Controversies
 
Theme 9. Italy Reborn
 
Theme 10. Coffeehouses and Salons
 
Theme 11. The Printed Word
 
Theme 12. Societies
 
Theme 13. A Woman’s Place in Academic Revolution
 
Theme 14. Enlightening the Arts
 
Theme 15. Music in the Enlightenment
 
Theme 16. The Post-Enlightenment World
 
Fifth Parallel: War of Ideas: American Enlightenment
 
Theme 1. Americanization of European Ideas
 
Theme 2. Benjamin Franklin/ Theme 3. Thomas Jefferson
 
CHRONOLOGY 1788 TO 1945
 
MODULE II: HOLOCAUSTS TO CONSOLIDATION TO GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY
 
Sixth Parallel: Révolution Française
 
Theme 1. The Estates General vs Louis XVI
 
Theme 2. The Reign of Terror
 
Seventh Parallel: Le Général Entrepreneur to Führer The Political Deconstruction of Europe for Global Conflict
 
Theme 1. The Era of Napoléon Bonaparte
 
Theme 2. The July Monarchy
 
Theme 3. The Second Republic
 
Theme 4. The Second Empire
 
Theme 5. Social, Economic, and Foreign Policy of Second Empire
 
Theme 6. The ‘Iron Chancellor’ and Franco-Prussian Policies
 
Theme 7. The Third Republic
 
Theme 8. International Relations—1871 to 1914: First World War
 
Eighth Parallel: Le Général Entrepreneur to The Business of Wars
 
Section A. Napoleon to Global Conflicts: The Build-up to Second World War
 
Theme 1. Contexts for War
 
Theme 2. Political Contexts
 
Theme 3. Social Contexts
 
Theme 4. Economic Contexts
 
Theme 5. Ideological Contexts
 
Section B. The Industrial Expansion and Mass Production of Armies
 
Theme 1. Commerce, Industry and War
 
Theme 2. Armies and Mass Society: Industry, War and the Nation-State
 
Section C. Warfare in Europe, 1815–1914
 
Theme 1: The Crimean War, 1853–1856
 
Theme 2. Italian Unification, 1848–1860
 
Theme 3. Prussia and German Unification, 1864–1871
 
Theme 4. The Austro-Prussian Conflict, 1866
 
Theme 5. The Franco-Prussian Conflict, 1870–1871
 
Theme 6. Conflict in the Balkans, 1876–1878
 
Theme 7. Copying Germany till 1914
 
Ninth Parallel: Informational Science and Utilitarianism
 
Section A. Informational Utilitarianism: The New Definitions of Humankind
 
Section B. Utilitarianism and Progressive Apathy of Scientific Growth
 
Section C. Bureaucracy Religion and Science
 
Theme 1. Waning Religion and Evolutionary Science and Information
 
Theme 2. Telecommunication and Capitalistic Domination
 
Theme 3. The World is not Enough for Science Fiction
 
Tenth Parallel: Bureaucratic Politics, Treatise and Criminal Psychology of Pre-First World War
 
Theme 1. The Public and the Press
 
Eleventh Parallel: The War away from Battlefields: Global Revolutions —1905 to Second World War
 
Theme 1. The Russian Context
 
Theme 2. Bipolar Russia and the Economic–Military Crisis till WWI
 
Theme 3. 1905 Russian Revolution and Its European Consequences
 
Theme 4. The February Revolution
 
Theme 5. The July Days
 
Twelfth Parallel: First World War: The Birth of Global Conflict The Beginning of the Holocaust: The Cauldron
 
Section A. General Commentary: 1700–1914
 
Theme 1. Industry and Nationalism
 
Theme 2. Corollaries: Warfare
 
Theme 3. Corollaries: Military Histories
 
Theme 4. First World War: Memory Themes
 
Section B. Background Extents: A note Why Did the War Happen?—Analysis of Events
 
Section C. First World War: Land Campaigns
 
Theme 1. The Opening Campaigns
 
Theme 2. The Western Front
 
Theme 3. Other European Fronts
 
Theme 4. The Non-European War
 
Section D. First World War: Sea Campaigns
 
Theme 1. Warfare on Water
 
Theme 2. Submarines and Changing Face of War
 
Section E. First World War: Air Campaigns
 
Section F. The Total War and Homefront
 
Section G. The War Endings
 
Theme 1. Formative Years of Adolf Hitler
 
Theme 2. Rise of Winston Churchill to World Politics
 
Theme 3. The Importance of Mesopotamia
 
Theme 4. Role of Women
 
Theme 5. The Spring Offensive of 1918 and Wilfred Owen
 
Theme 6. The Raid on Zeebrugge
 
Theme 7. The Coalition War
 
Theme 8. Waking the Sleeping Lion Part 1: The American War Cause
 
Theme 9. The Final 100 Days
 
Theme 10. The Armistice
 
Thirteenth Parallel: The Inter-War Machinations: Chaos Build-up, 1918–1939
 
Section A. Challenges
 
Theme 1. Sustaining Imperial Control
 
Theme 2. Peace? No Peace: Fighting Civil Wars
 
Theme 3. When the Stock Markets Bled
 
Theme 4. Italian and German Definition of Fascism
 
Fourteenth Parallel: Second World War to Global Europe The Fallen Greatness and Total War and the Soldiers of Fortune
 
Section A. Blitzkrieg in France
 
Section B. Grand Strategy and Resources
 
Theme 1. Ideology
 
Theme 2. The Eastern Front: Operation Barbarossa
 
Section C. The Soviet Defense through Offensive
 
Section D. The Mediterranean
 
Section E. America in Europe
 
The Land War in Asia
 
Section A. Japan and China
 
Theme 1. Forces and Grand Strategies
 
Section B. Jungle Warfare: ‘Monkeys in the Forest’
 
Section C. The Pacific Domination
 
Theme 1. Grand Strategy
 
Theme 2. Opening Moves
 
Theme 3. The American-Led Offensive
 
Second World War at Sea
 
Section A. Surface Warfare
 
Section B. Submarine Warfare
 
Theme 1. The Battle of the Atlantic
 
Theme 2. Submarines in the Pacific
 
Section C. Air and Sea
 
Theme 1. Carriers and Combat at Sea
 
Theme 2. The Amphibians in War: ‘Island Hopping’ in the Pacific
 
Theme 3. Amphibians at War in Europe The Battle of Midway, June 4–7, 1942: Special Note
 
The Arial Expeditions
 
Section A. Tactical Airpower
 
Section B. Strategic Bombing in Europe
 
Section C. The Endgame and Birth of Nuclear Cold War
 
Perspectives of Second World War
 
Section A. The Home Fronts
 
Theme 1. War and Society
 
Theme 2. War and Ideology
 
Theme 3. Success and Morale
 
Section B. Military Lessons
 
Theme 1. Historiography
 
Theme 2. Resources, Industrial Capacity and Military Skill
 
Theme 3. Leadership, Production and Changing Capabilities
 
CHRONOLOGY 1946: PRESENT GLOBALIZATION/ MODULE III: COLD WAR: 1945–1989
 
Section A. Post-Second World War Global Context
 
Theme 1. The American Stand
 
Theme 2. Origins of the Cold War and the ICBMs ‘Who Was to Blame for the Cold War?’: Special Note
 
Theme 3. Mutual Assured Destruction: MAD and Arms Race
 
Section B. Decolonization
 
Section C. Decolonization Meets Cold War: Vietnam, 1954–74, American Mistake
 
Author’s Note: What the Cold War Did
 
MODULE IV: CONFLICT AND CULTURE EUROPEAN GLOBALIZATION SINCE 1989
 
Section A. Political Contexts
 
Theme 1. Postcolonial Coloniality
 
Theme 2. The End of the Cold War
 
Section B. Economic Contexts
 
Theme 1. Global Inequalities and Resources
 
Theme 2. Drug Economies
 
Theme 3. The Global Arms Trade
 
Section C. Cultural Contexts
 
Theme 1. The Conflict Architype
 
Theme 2. Identerest Conflict
 
Theme 3. Lopsided History
 
History to Be Continued …
 
Appendix: Suggested Questions by Themes of European History
 
Select Bibliography
 
Index

Supplements

The book is well written with an easy & lucid language suitable for the UG students. The coverage from Renaissance to the end of Cold war makes it a text for all the 3rd Semester till the 5th Semester students. The way of interpreting the text is different from the other regular books available in the market

Dr. Keya Banerjee
Faculty of History, Jogesh Chandra Chowdhury College, Kolkata

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