Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the 20th century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as being 'to Hell and back', the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of Europe. Enormous economic improvements transformed the continent. The catastrophic era of the world wars receded into an ever more distant past, though i After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the 20th century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as be...

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Title:Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017
Author:Ian Kershaw
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Genres:History
ISBN:Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:656 pages pages

Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017 Reviews

  • Liviu
    May 27, 2019
    The usual "God's view" of European history in the given period but very well written and keeping one turning pages until the end; highly recommended and arguably among the best in the series - The Pursuit of Glory and The Pursuit of Power are the other truly outstanding books in the se...
  • Ugh
    Feb 05, 2019
    Feels like a fair, trustworthy account of the most recent 67 years of European history, well told. If you're interested in modern European history, and not already greatly familiar with it, you'll be fascinated. If you're been paying close attention, you might not find much new or quir...
  • Tim
    Jan 05, 2019
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  • Jo Ann
    Jun 01, 2019
    Although it is a bit daunting in size, 652 pages of text, it is extremely readable. It is an excellent, thorough, and insightful overview of this period of European history. ...
  • Leo Abrantes
    Feb 09, 2019
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  • Scott
    May 31, 2019
    The concluding volume to Penguin?s magisterial history of Europe. Kershaw also wrote To Hell and Back on the years covering both world wars. For some reason, this was far more interesting to me. Perhaps it?s because Kershaw writes a historical account, covering events that have rel...
  • Riet
    Nov 23, 2018
    Dit boek verdient alleen al 5 sterren voor de ongelofelijke hoeveelheid werk, die de schrijver er voor heeft verzet. Heel interessant. voor mij vooral de eerste 30 jaar na 1950. Daarna ligt alles nog redelijk in het geheugen. Kershaw geeft nog eens gedetaileerd weer hoe de Europese Uni...
  • Titus Hjelm
    Dec 04, 2018
    Solid, but somewhat uninspired history in the liberal tradition. Nothing controversial--although on austerity Kershaw is unclear: cuts are bad, but keynesianism doesn't seem to work either--but nothing exciting either. 'Islamic terrorism' gets disproportionate attention considering the...
  • Steve
    Apr 18, 2019
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  • A
    Jun 08, 2019
    Didn't finish. No special insights. Rather dull recitation of eras... jumps around a lot in an unconvincing way. ...
  • Justin
    May 04, 2019
    This is a really strong - arguably definitive - history of post-War Europe, a period that covers approximately the lifetime of baby-boomers. It?s readable and authoritative, and does a good job of surveying history across the continent. It references to Kershaw?s previous volume, n...
  • Schopfi
    Jan 18, 2019
    "this is where we are now" is a sentence no serious historian utters lightly. A balanced view of the past, unobscured by the emotional distortion that always accompanies present experience is hard enough to obtain. Writing a book about the most recent chapter of history, bordering on t...
  • Ernesthc
    Sep 09, 2018
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  • Dan
    Nov 07, 2018
    A general history needs some way to put its own spin on familiar facts. Kershaw doesn't manage that. Everything feels like it could have come straight from the newspaper headlines, with occasional (and un-insightful) interjections from the op-ed pages. ...
  • Nick Harriss
    Dec 28, 2018
    The follow on to his excellent "To Hell and Back". I found the first half less interesting, as it covers much as was covered in "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945" by Tony Judt I read a while a back, but the second half covering the 90s onwards had more content. I am not sure whi...
  • Martin Poetz
    Feb 11, 2019
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  • Gerbrand
    Apr 13, 2019
    In dit deel beschrijft Kershaw de geschiedenis van Europa vanaf 1950. En net als het eerste deel, Afdaling in de hel, Europa 1914 ? 1948: veel feiten en relatief weinig citaten. Maar wel erg gedetailleerd en compleet. Voor een sappiger maar minder compleet verhaal over de recente ges...
  • Thomas Rotthier
    Jan 07, 2019
    Vlot geschreven overzicht van de naoorlogse Europese geschiedenis. Kershaw is geen specialist in de naoorlogse geschiedenis maar heeft zich er uitgebreid voor ingelezen. Dat maakt zijn prestatie indrukwekkend. Ik heb vooral veel bijgeleerd over de grote staatsmannen in Duitsland (...
  • Daniel Jackson
    Dec 15, 2018
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  • Brian
    Jan 30, 2019
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  • Moschowski
    Oct 18, 2018
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  • Xander
    Mar 09, 2019
    Contemporary historian Ian Kershaw had to write a book on twentieh century Europe for the Penguin History of Europe-series - he decided to write two books. The first book, To Hell and Back, covers the period 1919 to 1949, while the second book, Roller-Coaster, covers the period 1950-20...
  • Erik A Berg
    Jun 08, 2019
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  • Leo Pääkkönen
    Apr 08, 2019
    Historia ei loppunut vuoteen 1991 ja Neuvostoliiton romahdukseen. Pin vastoin, sen jlkeen on tapahtunut aivan helvetisti kaikenlaista. Joten olikin jo aika, ett Eric Hobsbawnin rimmisyyksien aika saa epvirallisen jatko-osan. Tss ois hyv! Tosin Kershawin teos on luon...
  • Thomas Huttinga
    Oct 11, 2018
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  • António Pacheco
    Feb 17, 2019
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  • Monika
    Apr 13, 2019
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  • Euan
    Jan 01, 2019
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  • Marks54
    May 28, 2019
    I first read Ian Kershaw?s work with his superb two volume biography of Hitler. He is a fine historian and has written an excellent book - the latest volume in Penguin?s history of Europe series. How one approaches a volume like this will depend on one?s age when encountering ...
  • Daniel1974nlgmail.com
    Nov 16, 2018
    Perhaps better than Joudt's Post War. According to Kershaw himself, the most beautifull book he ever wrote but arguably also the best book he ever wrote. It should be mandatory reading for every European politician or individual that thinks Europe should be dismantled. Though quite...