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Julio MacLennan


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European history is deeply embedded in the global civilization that has emerged in the twenty-first century. More than two thirds of today’s nations were once European colonies or protectorates. Europe’s legacy is evident in the trajectory of the United States and has influenced aspiring hegemonic powers like China. For centuries, Europe was the heart and soul of the West, and European powers enjoyed unprecedented global hegemony, not only by military and economic means, but also through their influence on politics and culture. The rise and fall of the European era of world supremacy constitutes one of the most epic histories of all time. Europa reveals the origins of Europe’s rapid expansion, which was then expanded upon further by millions of Europeans migrants, who spread their culture and values. MacLennan also reveals how statesmen, scientists, inventors, philosophers, writers, and revolutionaries were responsible for transforming the continent into a civilization that inspired universal attraction.

Praise For Europa

An epic narrative exceptional in interpretive breadth. Beginning with the Renaissance, readers contemplate the planet-transforming influence of Europe’s unprecedented curiosity and ambition, manifested in innovations in art, science, philosophy, and governance, exported through trade and colonization. Even readers resistant to MacLennan’s Eurocentric perspective will learn much here about a singularly dynamic continent.

MacLennan traces the influence of European culture through immigration, colonialism in Africa, and intellectual migration and exile after the world wars. A well-supported, wide-ranging history of the Western world.

A study of the continent’s outsized political, socioeconomic, and intellectual influence on the rest of the world. MacLennan’s book is chock-full of interesting facts and observations.

Learned, often persuasive, and a tincture for Western cynicism. This broad-strokes, big-claims history will appeal to fans of Jared Diamond.

Pegasus Books, 9781643132440, 336pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

About the Author

Julio Crespo MacLennan is a Senior Fellow at the Cañada Blanch Centre in the London School of Economics. He has a D. Phil in History from the University of Oxford and has been Santander Iberian and European Studies Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and Prince of Asturias Visiting Professor at Tufts University, among other academic and diplomatic posts. He has written five books, including Europa (available from Pegasus) and has lectured in over twenty countries and diverse international forums.