Brendan Simms's formidable, game-changing history of Europe In this marvelously ambitious and exciting book, Brendan Simms tells the story of Europe's constantly shifting geopolitics and the peculiar circumstances that have made it both so impossible to dominate, but also so dynamic and ferocious. It is the story of a group of highly competitive and mutually suspicious dynasties, but also of a continent uniquely prone to interference from 'semi-detached' elements, such as Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Britain and (just as centrally to Simms's argument) the United States.
Brendan Simms is a historian of unusual range and ability ... this book is driven by two great master-ideas, and there is hardly a page in it where their presence is not felt ... the reader always has the exhilarating sense of moving swiftly onwards, in a kind of turbocharged Rolls-Royce of historical argumentation ... truly powerful and original Noel Malcolm Telegraph
Brendan Simms, geboren 1967, ist Professor für die Geschichte der internationalen Beziehungen an der Universität Cambridge. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind die Geschichte Europas und die Geschichte Deutschlands im europäischen Kontext. Daneben publiziert er in Zeitschriften und Zeitungen zu aktuellen europapolitischen Themen.