By Bernard Wasserstein
It used to be a century of barbarism and civilization, of cruelty and tenderness, of technological fulfillment and environmental spoliation, of imperial enlargement and withdrawal, of authoritarian repression - and of individualism resurgent.
Covering every little thing from battle and politics to social, cultural, and monetary swap, Barbarism and Civilization is through turns grim, funny, marvelous, and enlightening: a window at the century we have now left in the back of and the earliest years of its bothered successor.
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Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in our Time by Bernard Wasserstein