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European History For Dummies

Published 03-14-2011

<div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p><b>Read about&nbsp;the world&rsquo;s smallest continent&rsquo;s&nbsp;incredible history:&nbsp;From&nbsp;Greek gods&nbsp;and&nbsp;mad Roman emperors&nbsp;to kings, queens, Visigoths, and&nbsp;Normans&nbsp;</b></p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>You meet Visigoths in Africa and Normans in Sicily; an Italian who talked to his books and another who conquered a kingdom and gave it away;&nbsp;Roman emperors who weren&rsquo;t Roman; and Holy Roman Emperors who weren&rsquo;t holy (or Roman).&nbsp;This is the story of&nbsp;Europe's&nbsp;rich&nbsp;history rolled into one thrilling&nbsp;account&nbsp;in plain English.&nbsp;European History&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;takes you on a fascinating journey through the disasters, triumphs, people, power,&nbsp;and politics that have shaped the Europe we know today - and you'll meet some incredible characters along the way! From Roman relics to&nbsp;the&nbsp;Renaissance, World Wars,&nbsp;and Eurovision,&nbsp;this accessible guide&nbsp;packs in the facts alongside&nbsp;fun&nbsp;tidbits&nbsp;and brings the past alive.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>You meet the two Catholic kings of Spain&nbsp;(one was a woman)&nbsp;and the Spanish king who never smiled. You discover a German monk who split Europe in two because he was so afraid of going to hell. And what about the great European war that started when two nobles were thrown out of a window onto a&nbsp;dungheap?&nbsp;Well, at least they had a soft landing.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>If you&nbsp;don&rsquo;t remember much of what you&nbsp;learned about European history at school, if you didn&rsquo;t like those dry school textbooks, if you&nbsp;think European history sounds a bit hard, but you&rsquo;re interested anyway, this is the book for you. Inside you&rsquo;ll discover:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>The varied history of the world&rsquo;s smallest continent, its origins,&nbsp;and its huge impact on the world&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>How the&nbsp;Romans&nbsp;shaped&nbsp;the ancient world,&nbsp;what they&nbsp;learned&nbsp;from&nbsp;the Greeks, and what they lost to the&nbsp;barbarian tribes&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>The many battles of the Middle Ages and the leaders who waged&nbsp;them&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>The medieval people&rsquo;s great achievements in building and learning&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Europeans&rsquo; world explorers, including Columbus and Vasco da&nbsp;Gama&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Unfortunate&nbsp;religious wars&nbsp;and the&nbsp;persecution of witches&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; font-family: verdana;"> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>Europe&rsquo;s world domination in the 18th&nbsp;and 19th&nbsp;centuries&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>The world wars of the 20th&nbsp;century&nbsp;</p> </li> <li style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 24px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; display: block; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <p>European life today&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Get your own copy of&nbsp;European History&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;to learn&nbsp;all of&nbsp;that and more&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;including&nbsp;the&nbsp;ten&nbsp;Europeans who dominated the continent,&nbsp;ten unforgettable dates,&nbsp;and&nbsp;ten&nbsp;European locales&nbsp;you&rsquo;ll absolutely want to visit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <br /> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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