A classic in its field, loved by instructors and students for its narrative flair, humor, authority, and comprehensive coverage. More than 100,000 copies sold! Available in both one-volume and two-volume paperback editions, A History of Modern Europe presents a paramic survey of modern Europe from the Renaissance to the present day. A single author lends a unified approach and consistent style throughout, with an emphasis on the connections of events and people over time. The Third Edition, like the two before it, is authoritative and up-to-date. New to the Third Edition is the theme of empire. From the imperial rivalries between France and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, through the rise and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial history of the twentieth century?decolonization, the spread of the Soviet empire, and the imperial power of the United States?the theme of empire helps students find commonalities among the events of European history. New theme of empire Volume I examines the rise of the Ottoman empire and its multicultural composition, compares English and Spanish empires in the New World, and discusses both the expansion of the British empire into the Pacific and the expansion of the Russian empire and the decline of independent Poland. Volume II considers the new imperialism and the second industrial revolution and the permeable boundary between rulers and ruled, and presents decolonization in the context of the Cold War. A new discussion of the British withdrawal from Kenya is a reminder of the violence at the heart of empire. Single author?narrative flair and a consistent approach Professor Merriman is a seasoned teacher and talented historian. He offers a carefully crafted narrative, grounded in chrology, full of wonderful characters, and set off with a sense of humor. The single-author narrative guides students through a vast amount of complex material, integrating the many aspects of the European experience into a larger, interconnected whole. The result is an accessible narrative, with a balance between political and social history.
John Merriman is the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. A specialist in nineteenth century French history, Merriman earned his Ph. D at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many books, including The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier, 1815-1851; Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century; The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848-1851; and, most recently, The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (Norton, 2002). He regularly teaches the survey of modern European history at Yale.