A History of Power in Europe
- Publish Date: 1997-09-01
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Willem Pieter Blockmans
As we stand on the brink of a new millennium, A History of Power in Europe offers a masterful and original analysis of the various configurations of power and their significance in European history over the last 1,000 years, and in so doing provides a brilliant account of Western thought and politics.Beginning with the time when nation-states first appeared in Europe, around A.D. 1000, through the continent's many battles, wars, annexations, and revolutions, to the large-scale upheavals of our century, this broad, ambitious, and erudite study offers a radical new perspective on the exercise of power.Wim Blockmans examines the use of power in European society through analysis of three main areas: politics, economics, and culture. Europe's independent and mutually competitive states were a hothouse of new ideas, in which a uniquely energetic society developed.More than 350 illustrations -- paintings, engravings, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, maps, coins, posters, even chess pieces -- by artists as diverse as Giorgio Vasari, Rembrandt, El Greco, and Paul Gauguin brilliantly illuminate the author's arguments.