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Politics, economics, institutions > In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century

Politics, economics, institutions In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century

  • By Geert Mak / Sam Garrett
  • Price: £12.99
  • ISBN: 9780099516736
  • Availability: Out of stock - expected on 04/07/2019 if you order today
  • Not a catalogue item - details provisional

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Geert Mak spent the year 1999 criss-crossing the continent, tracing the history of Europe from Verdun to Berlin, St Petersburg to Auschwitz, Kiev to Srebrenica. He set off in search of evidence and witnesses, looking to define the condition of Europe at the verge of a new millennium. The result is mesmerising: Mak's rare double talent as a sharp-eyed journalist and a hugely imaginative historian makes "In Europe" a dazzling account of that journey, full of diaries, newspaper reports and memoirs, and the voices of prominent figures and unknown players; from the grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II to Adriana Warno in Poland, with her holiday job at the gates of the camp at Birkenau.But Mak is above all an observer.

He describes what he sees at places that have become Europe's well-springs of memory, where history is written into the landscape. At Ypres he hears the blast of munitions from the Great War that are still detonated twice a day. In Warsaw he finds the point where the tram rails that led to the Jewish ghetto come to a dead end in a city park.

And in an abandoned creche near Chernobyl, where tiny pairs of shoes still stand in neat rows, he is transported back to the moment time stood still in the dying days of the Soviet Union. Mak combines the larger story of twentieth-century Europe with details that suddenly give it a face, a taste and a smell. His unique approach makes the reader an eyewitness to his own half-forgotten past, full of unknown peculiarities, sudden insights and touching encounters.

Series Politics, economics, institutions Title In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century
Subject Dutch Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date March 2008 Authors Geert Mak / Sam Garrett
Binding Paperback Pages 896
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 607
ESB Code 55925 ISBN 9780099516736
Inspection Copy No Delivery Out of stock - expected on 04/07/2019 if you order today
  Price £12.99

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