Ò The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914 » Download by ✓ Richard J. Evans

Ò The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914 » Download by ✓ Richard J. Evans I ve enjoyed Richard Evans series on the Third Reich, I appreciate both his writing style and his analysis But tbh this latest huge tome of his was a nasty slog for me Maybe it comes down to the material, especially first half of 19th century European history is less interesting to me There s a ton of material in this book, lots of info dumping maybe this is unavoidable but it kills flow when you re getting drowned in fact after mind numbing fact , and at times I guess I got lost with all the various actors and currents and countercurrents Huge sections where my interest and focus wandered, got bored And yes, there were sections that shined, for instance I particularly enjoyed the overview on Bismarck But this did From The Bestselling Author Of The Third Reich At War, A Masterly Account Of Europe In The Age Of Its Global Hegemony The Latest Volume In The Penguin History Of Europe Series Richard J Evans, Bestselling Historian Of Nazi Germany, Returns With A Monumental New Addition To The Acclaimed Penguin History Of Europe Series, Covering The Period From The Fall Of Napoleon To The Outbreak Of World War I Evans S Gripping Narrative Ranges Across A Century Of Social And National Conflicts, From The Revolutions Of And To The Unification Of Both Germany And Italy, From The Russo Turkish Wars To The Balkan Upheavals That Brought This Era Of Relative Peace And Growing Prosperity To An End Among The Great Themes It Discusses Are The Decline Of Religious Belief And The Rise Of Secular Science And Medicine, The Journey Of Art, Music, And Literature From Romanticism To Modernism, The Replacement Of Old Regime Punishments By The Modern Prison, The End Of Aristocratic Domination And The Emergence Of Industrial Society, And The Dramatic Struggle Of Feminists For Women S Equality And Emancipation Uniting The Era S Broad Ranging Transformations Was The Pursuit Of Power In All Segments Of Life, From The Banker Striving For Economic Power To The Serf Seeking To Escape The Power Of His Landlord, From The Engineer Asserting Society S Power Over The Environment To The Psychiatrist Attempting To Exert Science S Power Over Human Nature Itself The First Single Volume History Of The Century, This Comprehensive And Sweeping Account Gives The Reader A Magnificently Human Picture Of Europe In The Age When It Dominated The Rest Of The Globe 10 pages of further reading and bibliographic content in lieu of a traditional list of references at the conclusion of a 700 page book would normally be an enormous red flag that proper research and citation were lacking As Evans is well established as one of the finest and most thorough historical researchers of our time, this isn t a concern in the usual sense However, it s an indicator in this case of the central problem with The Pursuit of Power that despite its great length, there simply isn t enough space to cover the breakneck speed of social, political, and religious change that occurred during the 1815 1914 period of time the book addresses This presents a structural problem While Evans utilizes a traditional chronological format through the first 2 3 of the book, he then shifts to a thematic approach arts, for example, or advances and concerns of medicine and h The Penguin History of Europe asks its authors to perform heroic feats of synthesis In To Hell and Back, the first book of the series I read it is number eight in sequence , Ian Kershaw had to cram World War I and World War II into a single volume That s quite a task Any topic within that topic could be worth a book of many hundreds of pages This job requires not only a brilliant historian and writer, but someone who can streamline and condense, who can choose what needs highlighting, and what can be excised It is a tall order Fortunately, Richard Evans picked up the phone when Penguin came calling The Pursuit of Power covers Europe between 1815 1914 That s a lot of ground to walk A century is busy, even if it doesn t contain two gigantic world wars Not surprisingly, based on his reputation, Evans is up to the challenge There are differ I ve enjoyed Richard Evans series on the Third Reich, I appreciate both his writing style and his analysis But tbh this latest huge tome of his was a nasty slog for me Maybe it comes down to the material, especially first half of 19th century European history is less interesting to me There s a ton of material in this book, lots of info dumping maybe this is unavoidable but it kills flow when you re getting drowned in fact after mind numbing fact , and at times I guess I got lost with all the various actors and currents and countercurrents Huge sections where my interest and focus wandered, got bored And yes, there were sections that shined, for instance I particularly enjoyed the overview on Bismarck But this did I quickly realised that this was not the most suitable book for audio, yet I persevered because the period is so turbulent that it makes our contemporary process of social and political change seem rather tame The book is crammed with detail and dates, which have to be recited after each person from politician to philosopher, from diarist to monarch is named, so that it often feels like nothing than a list of things that happened or what people did without much scope for analysis and evaluation The assessment is there, Evans is a brilliant historian, and he integrates the immense information needed to cover the wide scope of the book with this own interpretations, but the effect was lost in the listening If anything, he gives the reader too much, the equal weight given to the tremendous and the trivial undermine the I quickly realised that this was not the most suitable book for audio, yet I persevered because the period is so turbulent that it makes our contemporary process of social and political change seem rather tame The book is crammed with detail and dates, which have to be recited after each person from politician to philosopher, from diarist to monarch is named, so that it often feels like nothing than a list of things that happened or what people did without much scope for analysis and evaluation The assessment is there, Evans is a brilliant historian, and he integrates the immense information needed to cover the wide scope of the book with this own interpretations, but the effect was lost in the listening If anything, he gives the reader too much, the equal weight given to the tremendous and the trivial undermine the a weak 5 star erudition galore and some interesting stuff I didn t know plus showcasing various periods through lives of fairly regular people main negative, the writing style is not as engaging as the one of the previous volume in the series, Pursuit of Glory, so the book was a read some pages when tired no energy to read something engaging, put it down, repeat, rather than read long chunks, cannot put down for a while the Glory one was still quite recommended for the pluses This is a good solid book It takes a multidisciplinary perspective to trace the arc of European politics from the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo to the outbreak of World War I The book focuses on important areas, such as the evolution of government structure, economic change among the most important of which was the role of the peasantry , the growth of information availability such as newspapers , the working out or not of multiethnic countries such as Austria Hungary Some states resisted change aggressively than others such as Russia.
The story begins with the states meeting after the end of the Napoleonic era, to try to create a European system that would be stable and that would be conservative On the political side, the author traces the time from 1815 to the latter 1840s, when cries for greater I definitely know I won t get this series completed this year as this book weighs in at over 800 pages it s book 8 of 9 The book contains illustrations, maps, a list of further reading an index, split into 8 chapters which is further broken down into topics relating to the chapter title, a familiar layout.
It would seem my review exceeds the 20,000 characters allowed having only been able to post 6 of 8 chapters in my original review suffice to say I made a few notes along the way as I have done with this series to date, so I ll post the first 5 up for now see how to play the last 3 perhaps I can cover them in the replies MY Surmised ReviewAn overall engaging narrative allbeit in places we are assaulted by a series of names, dates, places so than the prior in the series, however his stories of real people within t This renowned British historian shows in this history of Europe in the 19th century that despite our national differences our continent has a common history, in which most developments were part of an unifying thread the quest for powerThis book appeared as part seven in the new series Penguin History of Europe, the individual parts of which were written by renowned historians like Mark Greengrass and Ian Kershaw Part six, written by Tim Blanning, runs from 1648 to 1815 and is called The Pursuit of Glory Evans 1947 offers a unifying thread the quest for power, which was sought after by all Europeans, over each other, nature and the rest of the world.
The quest for power had basically two faces First of all, you can see the century as an elongated struggle for control and self The Pursuit of Power Europe 1815 1914, by Richard Evans, is a history of Europe in the years between the Congress of Vienna, and the start of WWI It is in the annals style of history, looking at every aspect of this time period in some detail Evans is an excellent historian, and author of the Third Reich series of books all fantastic reads , and he is excellently qualified to tackle this subject matter His style of writing mixes grand strokes of history with intimate narrative details from those who lived it Topics covered in this book range widely He examines the post Napoleonic European political scene, with a backlash to Napoleon s revolutionary ideals, and a brief implementation of reactionary Monarchist forces throughout Europe, aided and controlled by the H As a Pakistani living in UK, I have found the history of nineteenth century Europe very interesting indeed, especially when you consider very similar challenges faced in the Pakistan of today Loss of traditional livelihood in the wake of industrial growth, movement of population from rural to urban areas, and the shift of power to the population from feudal elites This fantastic history book has answered a long standing question about Pakistani apprehension of western styled democracy I am now convinced that the Pakistani urban population have to learn to wrest power from the feudal business nexus controlling them at the moment There are signs with sporadic attempts made by the urban population with impromptu riots and demonstrations from time to time So instead of dismissing these attempts as anarchic and archaic , I shall now view t 10 pages of further reading and bibliographic content in lieu of a traditional list of references at the conclusion of a 700 page book would normally be an enormous red flag that proper research and citation were lacking As Evans is well established as one of the finest and most thorough historical researchers of our time, this isn t a concern in the usual sense However, it s an indicator in this case of the central problem with The Pursuit of Power that despite its great length, there simply isn t enough space to cover the breakneck speed of social, political, and religious change that occurred during the 1815 1914 period of time the book addresses This presents a structural problem While Evans utilizes a traditional chronological format through the first 2 3 of the book, he then shifts to a thematic approach arts, for example, or advances and concerns of medicine and h

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