By Mark Mazower
"A priceless, vital booklet that reminds us, on the correct time, how challenging [European harmony] has been, and what kind of care needs to be taken to prevent the bad previous temptations." --Los Angeles Times
Dark Continent presents another background of the 20 th century, one during which the triumph of democracy was once something yet a forgone end and fascism and communism supplied rival political suggestions that battled and occasionally triumphed which will be sure the direction the continent could take.
Mark Mazower strips away myths that experience comforted us on account that global conflict II, revealing Europe as an entity consistently engaged in a bloody undertaking of self-invention. Here is a background now not of inevitable victories and ahead marches, yet of slender squeaks and unforeseen twists, the place townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one second, merely to soften it down and recast it as a couple of noble partisans the next. Unflinching, clever, Dark Continent presents a provocative imaginative and prescient of Europ's earlier, current, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of precious presents.