Thursday, December 1

The Shortest History of Europe - 《最短的欧洲史》, 值得一读

The Shortest History of Europe, John HirstThe Shortest History of Europe covers the sweep of European history in only 150 pages. Based on a series of lectures, John Hirst tells the story of what it means to be European. An easy read, highly recommended to all of us who live in what were once colonies, to remind us of our European heritage.

All pieces come together! As a non-native English speaker, it took me 1 week to finish this small book. This is not a regular “fact-based" text book. The author summarizes the whole European history in a few threads, makes the entire book very easy to read.

最近读了本《The Shortest History of Europe》。
言简意赅,短短150页 就梳理了欧洲史的脉络,从几个重要的角度讲述欧洲历史事件之间的必然和联系。这些角度包括政治,宗教,
语言,民族等。每个角度自成一章,每一章都概述一遍欧洲历史。​在概述中,重点非常鲜明。比如第一章,作者明确指出基督教,罗马政权,日耳曼民族这几个重点,然后分别阐释它们和它们之间的联系。这样的知识结构非常清晰,强于按照时间顺序介绍事件然后再分析。

很喜欢书中的图表,没有长篇累牍的叙述每个历史故事。觉得对理解今天西方世界有点帮助。
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