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This book is a good start if you would like to learn history. Dec 27, M. Yup, the good ol' Palmer, eighth edition. It's still sitting on a shelf in my family's home. I could just toss it into the recycling which accommodates hardcover books , but its physical and emotional heft argues against that.
At the same time, the most recent copyright in the eighth edition is Should I ever feel inclined to revisit a history of the modern world, I should do so with a more up-to-date version. This is an amazing book. I read it for my AP Euro class by the way, it helped me get a 5 , and I was so enamored of it that I bought it. The content: This is a book of European history but not contained to Europe.
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It discusses everything on which Europe had a great effect, which I find a great way to approach European history, because, for example, it covers the instability in countries that were former colonies of Europe. No, African dictatorships did not happen in Europe, but Europe certainly This is an amazing book. No, African dictatorships did not happen in Europe, but Europe certainly had quite a role in instigating them, and it is important to learn the whole story.
The book covers everything from philosophers to political events to demographic trends. I feel it offers quite a good survey. The writing: The writing quality in this book is unparalleled by any other text book I have read.
One of the most frequent discussion topics between my writing-minded friend and I last year was how much we loved this book. The authors write intelligently, not insulting the audience, and they acknowledge like so many textbooks seem opposed to doing that there are indeed writers of the book and that the people in the history were indeed people. Though with more challenging diction and such, it's incredibly readable. It emphasizes the story with in history, connecting one thing to the next so that you can really get a sense of the flow of each event and idea into another. The format: This is a no-nonsense book.
It has relatively small print and no stupid "AP tip" boxes or anything like that. It only uses black and green ink, save for the several pages with full-color pictures of important pieces of art.
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Obviously, these authors and publishers were more intent on writing a good book than making it all shiny and spiffy, which is exactly how it should be. Aug 01, Dewey Norton rated it really liked it. Used in my freshman course in western civilization, modelled after the 2 year Contemporary Civilization course at Columbia condensed into 1 year. Well taught, but I have always regretted that my college education included so little about Asia.
The closed I got was coureses in international relations where they had to consider China, Japan and India. Aug 17, Jeroen Berndsen rated it really liked it. Obligated to read this as a first year history bachelor. When you know you have to know a book like this front to back, it's kind of hard to enjoy it. It remains a solid piece of history writing nevertheless, euro-centric though it may be Jan 13, Amy Selvidge rated it really liked it.
A History of the Modern World Joel Colton Although European history is the focus of this book, it gives a great summary of how the changes in Europe's timeline affected the world at large. Throughout history, travel, trade and war have spread ideas and knowledge from one land to another. This book does a wonderful job of not only giving details of the people, but the religious advances, political renderings, lives of the classes, laws and lifestyles.
It provides a valuable resource for those resea A History of the Modern World Joel Colton Although European history is the focus of this book, it gives a great summary of how the changes in Europe's timeline affected the world at large.
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It provides a valuable resource for those researching the whys and hows of the early Europeans, as well as the truths of where our customs and structures have been shaped by these people and their triumphs and faults. It is not just a superb resource but also an entertaining book that will make you think and see your world in a new way. I believe everyone can benefit from the knowledge within its pages, and will enjoy the time spent reading it. Aug 09, Nicholas Runje rated it it was amazing.
An incredible book. Wonderfully written and ties modern world history together in such a beautiful way. May 16, Xi rated it it was amazing. Aug 17, Owen nye rated it it was amazing.
Jan 01, Aaron rated it really liked it Shelves: did-not-finish , history. I never read this book cover to cover, but I did read a good amount and would recommend on that basis.
I read the 3rd edition not on Goodreads , printed in , and I would recommend that edition; I assume the updates have only improved. The 3rd edition is pages loaded with information, but all very straightforward, readable prose. The focus is on the geography, culture and concerns at each period it covers. Geography is especially notable, as it contains many excellent maps to use for com I never read this book cover to cover, but I did read a good amount and would recommend on that basis. Geography is especially notable, as it contains many excellent maps to use for comparing political boundaries over time.
There is an excellent bibliography which I always look for with serious, scholarly texts and appendices.
The weakness of this book is the same criticism I have about most other Western Civilization books that claim universality. They should just call it a History of Modern Europe and its Circumstances.
Also, the perspective is disproportionately weighted toward the 20th century and the immediate antecedents. Maybe it's my own bias or sentiment, but I feel more apologetic for this text than other related work such as The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy , which seems more deliberately biased. I hope that the more recent editions have corrected this bias.
With that being said, I still feel this text is a good cut above its peers with the weight that it does give to the past and non-Western history, especially given that it was printed in Aug 13, David He rated it it was amazing Shelves: favs. These four writers speak truth to power now more than ever, and each has guided my life and played a role in orienting my moral compass. That might not count for much though since I stole a copy from my high school's library after taking European history.
As a piece of scholarly work, Palmer cogently crafts a humane and liberal Euro-centric narrative. The ideals the actors believed in, the acts they co R. The ideals the actors believed in, the acts they committed, and the attendant struggles between the two are recounted with detail and nuance. Most poignantly for myself, it serves as a thousand page reminder of the shared dream of bequeathing a better world to our children. This book is well worth reading and stealing as a survey text, but critically questioning the narrative set forth by the authors, and those of the aforementioned actors, is how to make this text shine brightly enough to see by for a lifetime.
Sep 28, Cathi Davis rated it it was ok. Read while my daughter was taking IB History. It is a slog. She enjoyed it because it was her first exposure to European History in any detail. I found it a little "datey" ie a series of events and dates without the back story. There is little in the Palmer book to give context, it is really a political history of the Modern Read while my daughter was taking IB History.
There is little in the Palmer book to give context, it is really a political history of the Modern European World, little or nothing about what was else was happening in Europe. I would give her context by pointing out that when this political event was happening, for instance, Beethoven was composing the Emperor Piano Concerto.
The Durant's description of the Terror during the French Revolution made it come alive for her, as opposed to the listing of deaths and treaty's in the Palmer book. Oct 20, Cam rated it really liked it. It's a dated look at the "modern" world; i. Europe mid-century, but a good reminder of how poorly written and factless many more recent standard textbooks have become.
I'd guess two people is about the maximum for any coherency; I feel the pain of current AP students trying to learn World or European history with horrible, committee-written, state-vetted textbooks.
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But enough of that. If you want a text-based, Euro-centric view of the development of the modern world - this is a good one for hi It's a dated look at the "modern" world; i. If you want a text-based, Euro-centric view of the development of the modern world - this is a good one for history buffs of the big over-view. I used it twice - once in high school uncritcally and once in college more critically. If you want to see how students were introduced to world history from to maybe , try this one out.
Solid introductory text, a necessary prerequisite for anyone who wants to study European or world history in greater detail. The chapters on the 19th century were particularly well-done. As this is an introductory overview, it does not delve deeply in any direction and does not reference sources.
My only criticism of the book was that Colton sometimes oversimplifies complex processes or events, such as the French Revolution or the decline of Rome, for the sake of an uninitiated reader, presentin Solid introductory text, a necessary prerequisite for anyone who wants to study European or world history in greater detail. My only criticism of the book was that Colton sometimes oversimplifies complex processes or events, such as the French Revolution or the decline of Rome, for the sake of an uninitiated reader, presenting only one or two interpretations when a canonical understanding of those events have not yet been established.
Jul 30, Jasmine rated it it was amazing. This is a lifetime bedfellow of mine.
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I usually pick it up, open somewhere in the middle or beginning or end and read a few pages. Though it's stronger than a nightcap usually puts me to sleep quickly , I really like Palmer's view on how we got here and compare my relationship to the book to the act of doing a puzzle. I pick a page, examine the piece of history in my mind and try to lay it down somewhere it fits. I don't plan to finish this puzzle until I'm a very old lady.