The Shortest History of Europe: How Conquest, Culture, and Religion Forged a Continent - A Retelling for Our Times (Paperback)

The Shortest History of Europe: How Conquest, Culture, and Religion Forged a Continent - A Retelling for Our Times By James Hirst, Filip Slaveski (Afterword by) Cover Image
By James Hirst, Filip Slaveski (Afterword by)
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Uncover the decisive moments that shaped a world-changing continent. The Shortest History books deliver thousands of years of history in one riveting, fast-paced read.

Celebrated historian John Hirst draws from his own lectures to deliver this ultra-accessible master class on the making of modern Europe, from Ancient Greece through World War II. With over 600,000 copies sold worldwide, this brief history is a global sensation propelled by a thesis of astonishing simplicity: Just three elements—German warfare, Greek and Roman culture, and Christianity—come together to explain everything else, from the Crusades to the Industrial Revolution. Hirst’s razor-sharp grasp of cause and effect helps us see with sparkling clarity how the history of Europe—the crucible of liberal democracy—shapes the way we live today.

About the Author

John Hirst (1942–2016) was a celebrated historian and social commentator whose notable history books include Australian History in Seven Questions and The Australians. A history professor at La Trobe University for almost 40 years, he lived in Melbourne, Australia.

Praise For…

Written in easily approachable style and resonating like the lectures of a beloved and provocative undergraduate history professor, this summary of European history holds broad appeal. . . . Simple, clever graphics clarify Hirst’s theses and make them memorable.
— Booklist, starred review

Crisp, lucid, and evocative.
— Australian Book Review

A wise, illuminating little book.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

An entertaining, learned piece of historical compression.
— The Age

Beautifully and sparely constructed, yet rich in fact, feeling and detail, sweeping, challenging and funny.
— James Button, journalist and editor

Great stuff, the book as a whole is constantly thought-provoking.
— Courier Mail

Underwrite an overview of a complicated topic with one of these new short-and-sweet distillations . . . with maps, charts, sidebars, and illustrations to bring it alive.
— Mosaic, Morgan Stanley

Product Details
ISBN: 9781615199143
ISBN-10: 1615199144
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Shortest History