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European History During the Age of the Americas

Objective: To provide a broad understanding of the history of Modern Europe during the "Age of the Americas" or "American Age" with the hope of providing the European context for American History and the immigrants that make up our a substantial part of American History and particularly United States History. This isn't intended to provide a comprehensive history of Modern Europe or the Atlantic world and Spanish America, but to understand European events and peoples that impacted the United States and its history. European history is the history of many "pre=Americans" and the source of our institutions. We are a nation of immigrants and for many European History is part of their American History. This has been the guide I have used when selecting books from different times, places and peoples.

This is in no way excluding those Americans from other places. I hope this group grows into groups exploring East Asian, Latin American and West African influences on our history. I would also be open to groups for earlier periods and aspects of European History.

I believe the roles of lesser understood Eastern and Central Europeans are particularly important for American History students to look into and are too often overshadowed by Western and Southern Europeans or by some kind of totalitarianism or war.

We intend to read about one chapter each week, so the pace will be easy if you are participating in other groups. New chapters will be introduced on Wednesdays.

Everyone is welcome to join us. Click Here To Find Out More

Starting in July 2017

Our Current Book and Chapter

Our Current Book Reading Schedule - Week and Chapter

Modern European History Group Reading List

  1. The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning
  2. The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 by Richard J. Evans
  3. To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw
  4. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
  5. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  6. The First World War by John Keegan
  7. The Coming of the Third Reich: The History of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans (3 Volumes)
  8. The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933 by Zara Steiner
  9. The Third Reich in Power: The History of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans (3 Volumes)
  10. The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939 by Zara Steiner
  11. The Third Reich at War: The History of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans (3 Volumes)
  12. The Second World War by Antony Beevor
  13. Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe
  14. The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  15. The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven
  16. Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History by Orlando Figes
  17. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  18. A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev by Vladislav M. Zubok
  19. Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark, The
  20. Habsburg Empire: A New History by Pieter M. Judson
  21. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I by Alexander Watson
  22. The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War by Alfred Rieber
  23. Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands by Omer Bartov (Editor), Eric D. Weitz (Editor)
  24. The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569–1999 by Timothy Snyder
  25. The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840 by David Armitage (Editor), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Editor)
  26. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War by Barbara W. Tuchman
  27. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I by Barbara W. Tuchman
  28. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene Rogan
  29. The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny by Ian Davidson
  30. Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts
  31. African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918 by Robert Gaudi
  32. A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire by Geoffrey Wawro
  33. The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922 by Edmond Taylor
  34. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End by Robert Gerwarth
  35. The Poisoned Well: Empire and Its Legacy in the Middle East by Roger Hardy
  36. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
  37. Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy by Eric D. Weitz
  38. The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 by Sean McMeekin
  39. Spain: The Centre of the World 1519-1682 by Robert Goodwin
  40. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy
  41. The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus by Charles King
  42. The Jews of Eastern Europe, 1772-1881 by Israel Bartal
  43. Dreamland: Europeans and Jews in the Aftermath of the Great War by Howard M. Sachar
  44. Empires at War: 1911-1923 by Robert Gerwarth (Editor), Erez Manela (Editor)
  45. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
  46. The Rocky Road to the Great War by Nicholas Murray
  47. A Warrior Dynasty: The Rise and Decline of Sweden as a Military Superpower by Henrik O. Lunde
  48. The Industrial Revolution in World History by Peter N Stearns
  49. The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World 1776-1914 by Gavin Weightman
  50. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by C. Kakel
  51. Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  52. The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America by Michael S. Neiberg
  53. March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution by Will Englund
  54. The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
  55. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
  56. Yalta: The Price of Peace by S. M. Plokhy
  57. Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe by Michael Neiberg
  58. Liberty or Death: The French Revolution by Peter McPhee
  59. The Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy by Derek Beales and Eugenio F. Biagini
  60. The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India by Jon Wilson