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Description - Dark Continent by Mark Mazower

The end of the First World War saw old empires swept away and the opportunity to build a better society from the ruins. Yet the result was division and bloodshed on an unprecedented scale.

Mark Mazower's watershed history retells the story of a century of division, charting the struggles of three rival ideologies - liberal democracy, communism and fascism - to create a new world order for mankind. Dark Continent radically overturns the myth of Europe as a safe faven of democracy to redefine our view of the twentieth century.

'Mazower has comprehended the whole of European history in this century, suggested a convincing explanation of its evolution, and constructed a text every undergraduate will find on his reading list well into the next... He also leaves us, in this wonderful book, with an account of our century that anyone who takes an interest in Europe's present and future will enlarge their mind by reading.'
John Keegan, Daily Telegraph

'Brilliant but disturbing... his controversial thesis is bound to stir debate... This superb book is a frightening reminder of how fragile democracy has been.'
Orlando Figes, The Times

'Division and hatred and the reinvention of Europe in this, its most ruinous century are the themes of Mark Mazower's book, the finest essay on Europe of our time.'
Robert Fox, European

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140241594
ISBN-10: 0140241590
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark Mazower

Mark Mazower is the author of Inside Hitler's Greece,The Balkans, which won the Wolfson Prize for History and Salonika: City of Ghosts, which won both the Runciman Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize and Hitler's Empire, publishing in June 2008. He has taught at the University of Sussex, Princeton University and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is now Professor of History at Columbia University.

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