Dark Continent has ratings and 90 reviews. Nikos said: Εκπληκτικό βιβλίο ιστορίας. Όλη η ιστορία της Ευρώπης του 20ου αιώνα απλά και κατανοητά από. Mazower (Inside Hitler’s Greece) shapes his well-written history of Europe’s 20th century as a struggle among liberal democracy, communism and fascism. “A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible.

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The best general history book I’ve read on Europe in the twentieth century.

What then, if anything went wrong? The continent’s behaviour and reactions are cyclical.

On the cusp of the new millenium, historians of Europe are already having trouble with the twentieth century. The author has a lot of facts and anecdotes about the twentieth century, but something was missing. Not for him any sympathy with Bernadetto Croce’s assertion that Fascism was a mere parenthesis in the history of Italy – what post-war Italians and even post-war Germans might subsequently have described as an ephemeral aberration or perhaps an uncharacteristic ‘moment of madness’.

I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who wants a fresh, engaging look at Europe’s “big picture” in this past century. Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europ’s past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts. The same things happening now e. To offer a searing indictment of the Jewish Holocaust is as emotionally shocking as it is historically necessary but Mazower shows commendable restraint and exemplary objectivity: This is not a heavy historical account – instead it is suffused with clarity, wisdom, and insight.


The Experience of Occupation, A profound work on European 20th century history which gives a lot of useful insights. The quality of the coverage for the later twentieth century also lacks the authority and verve of the earlier chapters.

Mark Mazower is a historian and writer, specializing in modern Greece, twentieth-century Europe, and international history.

Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century

Once read, you will be impressed and given a mzower of foreboding for the future. The chapters on the Nazi Germany and its racial dzrk were the best part of conginent book. For instance, the terrible fate of Soviet prisoners of war at the hands of the Germans, and of German civilians at the hands of the the Soviets, are both discussed in some detail, but there is nothing about the treatment of German prisoners of war by the Soviets.

The chapters on the haphazard operations of the Nazi conquerors and the slow creation of the Eastern block during the Cold War add the horror of alternative histories to the real horrors he relays.

It has already been remarked that the last fifty years receive.

Maybe I’d prefer a more personal, human narrative. I just finished my second reading and it far surpasses any other general history of twentieth century Europe.

Inspires me to read Tony Judt. I could have read nothing better to come to terms with the fact that fascism is again popular, and liberal democracy, not for the first time, shaky. Mazoweer the time of reviewing, Mark Mazower looks as though he is going to escape the nemesis Lying in wait for all contemporary historians who dare to bring their accounts fully up to date.


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A real insigh Probably one of the best books on 20th century history I have ever read and an historical map showing how and why we got from to where we are now. Jan 22, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: He is currently the Ira D. After making some tantalisingly laconic observations comparing the Soviet and western imperial experiences p.

Jun 24, Robert Morris rated it really liked it. Thus anti-Semitism, genocide, ethnic cleansing were “natural” extensions of such interwar experiments in democracy. In general, this is a great book. But still it remained unread for years until I realised it’s a recommended textbook for one of the courses in my university department. Want to Read saving…. Mazower is very versatile in his analysis of economic, cultural, political and military factors, and is able to grasp them all equally well.

Mazower’s analysis of neoliberalism and Thatcherism is chilling and sheds light on what is still haunting us today – despite Dark Continent being a book of the previous century. His books include Salonica City of Ghosts: View all 4 comments.

Well written – giving you perspectives from the separate countries who became willingly or not “players” in WWII.