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The Pursuit of Power

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   41.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/29/2016

The Pursuit of Power

Europe: 1815-1914

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682983
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682990


From the bestselling author of The Third Reich at War, a masterly account of Europe in the age of its global hegemony.

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Richard J. Evans's gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. Among the great themes it discusses are the decline of religious belief and the rise of secular science and medicine, the journey of art, music, and literature from Romanticism to Modernism, the replacement of old-regime punishments by the modern prison, and the dramatic struggle of feminists for women's equality and emancipation. Uniting the era's broad-ranging transformations was the pursuit of power in all segments of life, from the banker striving for economic power to the serf seeking to escape the power of his landlord, from the engineer asserting society's power over the environment to the psychiatrist attempting to exert science’s power over human nature itself.

The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the reader a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.


"[Ryan's] warm, melodic voice sweeps listeners across borders during this dynamic period. . . . His successful narration keeps listeners engaged with this fascinating history, full of names, innovations, inventions, economics, and social change." —AudioFile

"The analysis sweeps the reader along at a fast pace, punctuated by vivid descriptions of combat on the barricades, diplomatic double-dealing and battlefield butchery." —New York Times

Author Bio

Richard J. Evans was educated at Oxford University. Since 2014, he has been the Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cambridge. Richard's many publications include an acclaimed three-volume history of the Third Reich and a recent collection of essays, The Third Reich in History and Memory.