In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century ☆ Geert Mak  In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century ☆ Geert Mak - In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century, In Europe Travels Through the Twentieth Century From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth century Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Ber

  • Title: In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century
  • Author: Geert Mak
  • ISBN: 9780375424953
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover

 In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century ☆ Geert Mak, In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century, Geert Mak, In Europe Travels Through the Twentieth Century From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth century Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Berlin Saint Petersburg to Srebrenica in search of evidence and witnesses of the last hundred years of Europe Using his skills as an acclaimed journalist

In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century

 In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century ☆ Geert Mak  In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century ☆ Geert Mak - In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century, In Europe Travels Through the Twentieth Century From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth century Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Ber In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century

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  1. It s been about two weeks since I finished the book and I wanted to add a couple of thoughts to the review, because I feel like such a work deserves praise than I managed in the original lines The thing that I want to start out with is the depth in which Mak has gone in order to produce this It is unbelievable, I kid you not, the sheer quantity of information that you get from these 800 pages Don t get me wrong, I ve read heftier books, but this one is a class beyond everything out there Not on [...]


  2. It is an encyclopaedic project To visit all the places having a historical importance in Europe during XXth century With the meticulousness of a entomologist, he explores these places by testing here to find the truth.That starts joyfully in Paris with the World Fair of 1900 But already the festival is sad All is place for the tragedy Mak goes everywhere He finds in Berlin, the place where Rathenau was assassinated Rathenau was able to succeed Without his death, no Hitler The role of the chance [...]


  3. Ok, many pages, but each one is worth its own time and together they will give you a sympathetic portrait of contemporary Europe, one with than a few surprises Especially good at reminding us of Stalin s fatal rule and the contemporary French and British confusions An excellent section on the Spanish Civil War Read, learn, savor Mak took a year to travel around Europe, and to survey its histories from 1900 to 1999 He determined his itinerary by events from certain periods for example, the month [...]


  4. From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week The Dutch journalist Geert Mak travels through Europe at the close of the twentieth century reflecting on the history of the last 100 years and it s legacy Nicholas Farrell reads.Episode 2 of 5It is 1999 and Geert Mak, the Dutch journalist, retraces the historic journey Lenin made in 1917 from Zurich to Petrograd by way of Stockholm and Helsinki.Episode 3 of 5Today, he takes in St Petersburg s faded grandeur and looks back to the moment in 1917 when Lenin first [...]


  5. BOTWbbc programmes b09ntd0fDescription The Dutch journalist Geert Mak travels through Europe at the close of the twentieth century reflecting on the history of the last 100 years and it s legacy Nicholas Farrell reads.As the new millennium was about to dawn Geert Mak was commissioned by the newspaper he worked for to write a series of articles assessing the shape Europe was in and the legacy left behind by the twentieth century s turbulent history Mak travelled back and forth all over the contin [...]


  6. So I kept hold of this book for nearly a whole year without reading it To be honest I started reading it once and it wasn t quite what i expected it to be so I put it down and wandered off into the arms of another book But having taken this to Turkey with me and read it on two really tedious five hour plane journeys where the highlight was being poked awake by KLM flight attendants who then try to purvey meaty bread snacks grr i m asleep and i m a vegetarian I found in the end that once you get [...]


  7. Despite its ambitiousness this book is very interesting and a must read for all the aspiring reporters.Mak wrote a great account of the Twentieth Century of the Old Continent In Europe is a goldmine of historical informations given by a brilliant and well documented journalist Yet, like in many gems there are a few imperfections Sometimes Geert Mak could be a better observer like in Cassino where he surprisingly forgets to mention the famous bombardment of the monastery Besides as a Dutchman he [...]


  8. I think I will be reading this until I die It s full of fascinating stuff, but fairly jumps all over the place Obviously As my European history isn t too bad I ve decided I don t need to read it chronologically and will henceforth dip in here and there for the rest of my life This seems to suit the book better.Not blown away by the translation It s certainly able, but it doesn t flow and it makes it rather a slog.Edit not finished but put aside for now, as I m, erm, In Europe, with limited suitc [...]


  9. Dit boek heeft mij aangenaam verrast Toen ik hierin begon had ik weinig hoge verwachtingen Door de persoonlijke verhalen vertelt Mak de geschiedenis van Europa van de 20e eeuw Het is niet echt officieel historisch maar het is wel ontzettend leuk gedaan Alleen die epiloog, dat had voor mij echt niet gehoeven Dat was gewoon een essay over hoe Europa er in 2007 voorstond maar had eigenlijk weinig op met de rest van het boek.


  10. An absolutely excellent book It is long 850 pages but well worth the time to read it A marvelous and spellbinding trip through time and across Europe I picked it up by random at a bookstore and was well rewarded You learn so much about the history of Europe, the context of current problems, and you see corners of the continent that I would love to visit but have not had a chance to yet.


  11. In Europe is one of the best books I ve read in quite awhile, and I ve been recommending it to everybody I know Geert Mak, a Dutch journalist, spent most of 1999 traveling through Europe, tracing the major episodes of European history from 1900 to 1999 He opens his journey in the cities dominating the scene at the beginning of the century Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna interweaving his observations about those same cities in the present day As the book proceeds to World War I, his travels take hi [...]


  12. Probably the best book I ve ever read Though also probably the most depressing time I could have possibly finished it Europe s weakness, its diversity, is also its greatest strength Europe as a peace process was a resounding success Europe as an economic union is also well on its way But the European project will surely fail unless a common cultural, political, and, above all, democratic space is soon created alongside the rest For let us not forget Europe has only one chance to succeed During t [...]


  13. Putovanje kroz 20olje e koje ostavlja prostor za jedno veliko, prostrano, vlastito putovanje i potragu za novim spoznajama, novim iskustvima, poja anom eljom za istra ivanjem Isprepletanje pro losti i sada njnosti, vizija neke neizvjesne budu nosti Odli na knjiga koja vam poma e lak e sagledati dana nju sliku Europe, postepenim kola pristupom , uklju uju i bezbrojne sudbine malog ovjeka i ljudi koji su oblikovali povijest 20olje a Preporuka


  14. A strange book that I can t compare to any other book I ve read Mak travels through time and through space to show you Europe and Europeans throughout the Twentieth Century People are drawn very vividly as are events.



  15. dik man, fieuw wel over Europa, dus als je daar over wilt lezen dan is dit een goed boek daarvoor


  16. A kaleidoscopic book that shines a light on Europe s tumultuous, often terrible twentieth century As you would expect of a conflict that saw 50 million people lose their lives, World War II dominates alongside the rise of totalitarianism and it s a political view there is little discussion of technology or popular culture Whether it s the best book on the subject I doubt but it certainly gripped this reader.Perhaps most interestingly, the text is strong on the early years of the European Union a [...]


  17. Splendidly researched, but overly data heavy If you want to know how many people died in the battle of Stalingrad, then this is the book for you The book is titled In Europe and the author was certainly there I appreciated his emphasis on Eastern Europe and Europe s Germanic Slavic component but there was very little sense of place in the narrative Perhaps the concept was too wide to engage me intimately in an encounter with the Continent Perhaps I was expecting to feel that he would entice me i [...]


  18. While the portions on the 2 world wars and the inter war period in Germany were riveting, the 2nd half of the century felt rushed Moreover, while the first person narratives from the eyewitnesses to history were priceless, Mak s personal insights were flat and even disappointing To give the book and the century a goal endpoint, he tries to make the rather soulless EU than it is even though unlike the isms that fill his book European unificiation has never really impassioned any popular movement [...]


  19. Really enjoyed reading this and revisiting the history of Europe in the 20th century A very instructive read and a good way to remember how horrible war on a massive scale is and the risks that come with stoking the fire of national sentiment and religious, ethnic or national differences.Last part of the book recognise the undeniable success that the European Union has had in maintaining peace and security on the continent and the numerous challenges facing the Union and its development Fully va [...]


  20. This book is a different kind of a history book History comes to life with stories told by those who lived it And even better history is not just the flawed recollection of events of the winner or the conquerer but a recollection of events of the winners, the losers and everyone in between The author tries to explain the Europe of today and of the future by revisiting its past.


  21. Verplichte kost voor iedereen die een mening heeft positief of negatief over Europa Prachtig geschreven geschiedenis die vanuit verschillende locaties sleutelmomenten van Europa uitlicht Laat je niet afschrikken door de omvang, want het boek is uit voor je het weet En dan wil je alleen maar meer.


  22. 5 sterren niet omwille van de stijl Wel omwille van de inhoud Vooral die vele doden in de afgelopen eeuw, is iets waar we vandaag al te weinig bij stilstaan Zeer blij om weer wat beter inzicht gekregen te hebben in de geschiedenis van Europa en zo ook in enkele zeer actuele topics Dit boek zou, ondanks de soms subjectieve insteek van Mak, verplichte lectuur moeten zijn in de geschiedenisles


  23. Absolutely fascinating account of European countries I have been to a lot of places and countries Mak describes and reading this book really puts history into context Can t wait to do travelling and exploring.



  24. Fantastic history of 20th Century Europe told through eye witness accounts At times very depressing considering the unprecedented bloodshed, even into the 1990s, on a supposed enlightened continent.


  25. Supergodt skrevet, letflydende Gede pointer, m ske is r om periodens begyndelse Koblingen af tid og geografi fungerer forbavsende godt.



  26. Carrying a lot of books while traveling becomes cumbersome especially when you aim to only have a hand carry with you to be able to skip baggage lines With this in mind I loaded an e book version of this book on my reader and went off for a week s vacation.I am very glad to report that this book has been a treat to read on planes, trains, buses in parks So much so that the wife had to remind me about our vacation and the places we had planned to see It is a very heavy book where the writer is tr [...]


  27. A tour de force to coin a phrase Not only encyclopedic, but able to combine views from 100,000 10,000 100 feet so to speak Mak s ability to bring order and sense to innumerable facts culled from his first hand experience, his personal research, and testimonies of so many of his friends and acquaintances from many European societies, and many levels of those societies is phenomenal and reminds me a lot of the talent genius of Paul Johnson in many of his big theme books Especially brilliant is Mak [...]


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