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Studies in European History

Studies in European History
25 Volumes | 1988 - 2017


Concise, elegant accounts by distinguished historians, with a strong emphasis on the different perspectives from which familiar events can be seen.

All books of the series Studies in European History

2017 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

Resistance and Collaboration in Hitler's Empire

This new study provides a concise, accessible introduction to occupied Europe. It gives a clear overview of the history and historiography of resistance and collaboration. It explores how these terms cannot be examined separately, but are always …

2015 | Britain since 1945 | Book

The Transformation and Decline of the British Empire

Decolonisation After the First World War

The slow retreat of the British empire in the century after the First World War has had dramatic implications for Britain itself, its former colonies and the global balance of power.

The Transformation and Decline of the British Empire provides a …

2015 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s

Catherine Baker offers an up-to-date, balanced and concise introductory account of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and their aftermath. The volume incorporates the latest research, showing how the state of the field has evolved and guides students …

2013 | Medieval History | Book

The Communal Age in Western Europe, c.1100–1800

Towns, Villages and Parishes in Pre-Modern Society

An essential introductory survey of the towns, villages and parishes in which people lived in the medieval and early modern periods. Beat Kumin assesses the similarities, differences and the wider significance of these communities for European …

2012 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

The German Democratic Republic

A clear, concise and thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany which engages critically with key debates and advances new interpretations of the origins, development and demise of the GDR. Peter Grieder also offers an original …

2012 | European History to 1914 | Book

Brandenburg-Prussia, 1466–1806

The Rise of a Composite State

Karin Friedrich locates the composite state of Brandenburg-Prussia in its historical, political, religious and economic context, from the demise of the Teutonic Knights in the fifteenth century to the Napoleonic crisis. Synthesising debates in …

2012 | Medieval History | Book

Villagers and Lords in Eastern Europe, 1300–1800

This new study provides an up-to-date survey of social and economic developments in early modern Eastern European rural societies. Markus Cerman revises the traditional images of mighty lords and poor, powerless 'serf peasants', discussing the …

2010 | European History to 1914 | Book

The Terror in the French Revolution

We now live with the threat and the reality of political terror and terrorists. The French Revolution was the first occasion when a democratic government used terror as a political weapon, executing thousands of people for political crimes. What …

2010 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

Communism in Russia

An Interpretative Essay

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2009 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

The Russian Revolution, 1900–1927

This popular, concise and highly readable study discusses the key themes and debates about the Russian Revolution. Robert Service's lively analysis examines:
• state and society under the Romanovs from 1900
• the February and October Revolutions of …

2008 | History of Science, Technology and Medicine | Book

The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science

This is a concise but wide-ranging account of all aspects of the Scientific Revolution from astronomy to zoology. The third edition has been thoroughly updated, and some sections revised and extended, to take into account the latest scholarship …

2006 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

The Cold War, 1945–1991

Michael Dockrill's concise study of the early years of the Cold War between the Western Powers and Soviet Union has been widely acclaimed as an authoritative guide to the subject. In this second edition, he and Michael Hopkins bring the story up …

2005 | European History to 1914 | Book

Golden Age Spain

For over a century Spain controlled the greatest empire the world had ever seen, and its collapse provoked, both then as it does now, a range of analyses over which there has been little agreement. In the second edition of this successful text …

2005 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

The Fall of Soviet Communism 1985–91

The fall of communism and the break-up of the Soviet Union into 15 independent states in December 1991 was one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. In the last years of Soviet rule, images of mass protests on the streets of …

2003 | European History to 1914 | Book

The German Reformation

Over the past twenty years, new approaches to the history of the Reformation of the Church have radically altered our understanding of that event within its broadest social and cultural context. In this classic study R. W. Scribner provided a …

2003 | European History to 1914 | Book

The Napoleonic Empire

Was Napoleon the 'heir' of the French Revolution, the great consolidator of its reforms, or did he distort and even abandon its principles? What were the aims and effects of Napoleonic rule in France and in conquered Europe more widely?

This second …

1999 | European History to 1914 | Book

The Holy Roman Empire 1495–1806

The Holy Roman Empire has always caused tremendous confusion for students of European history, and this book sets out to provide a clear account of this remarkable organisation - comparable in many ways only to the modern European Union - and its …

1998 | European History to 1914 | Book

The French Revolution

Class War or Culture Clash?

Few historical events have inspired so much controversy and debate as the French Revolution. The origins, nature and effects of the Revolution have been the themes of a voluminous literature, especially since the 1950s, and there has been sharp …

1997 | Medieval History | Book

The Renaissance

In this study Peter Burke distances himself from the traditional interpretation of the Renaissance as essentially Italian, self-consciously modern and easily separable from the Middle Ages. He emphasises the survival of medieval traditions and the …

1997 | Contemporary European and Russian History | Book

The Outbreak of the First World War

1914 in Perspective

This book examines why, in 1914, a Balkan conflict escalated into a general European war. It focuses on the decision-making of each Power during the July-August crisis, and analyses the role of domestic politics, economics, cultural factors …