The dream of Europe


In 1999, Geert Mak spent a year criss-crossing Europe, looking to define the continent on the verge of a new millennium. The result was his monumental book In Europe. ‘The Dream of Europe’ focuses on the first two turbulent decades of our current century, taking in the rocky EU expansion into eastern Europe and the rise of Putin; the aftermath of 9/11 and terrorist attacks across Europe; the migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean; the 2008 financial crash; the rise of right-wing populism; and Brexit. Mak sketches the climate and mood at the turn of the century, the optimism that reigned but vanished along the way in the great European project. Above all, Mak is an observer, endlessly curious to learn how seismic political and cultural shifts effect people’s lives.

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‘Mak is the history teacher everyone should have had’ Financial Times

From the author of the internationally acclaimed In Europe, a stunning history of our present, examining the first two decades of this most fragile and fraught new millennium.

How did the great European dream turn sour? And where do we go from here?

In this illuminating book, Geert Mak – one of Europe’s best-loved commentators – charts the seismic events that have shaped people’s lives over the past twenty years. He moves through the rocky expansion of the EU, the aftermath of 9/11 and terrorist attacks across Europe, the 2008 financial crash and the euro crisis, and on to the rise of right-wing populism and Brexit.

Like no other, Mak blends history, politics and culture with the stories and experiences of the many Europeans he meets on his travels. He brings this continent to life, and asks: what role does Europe now play, and how might we face our fresh challenges together?

‘A powerful, humane and serious mind’ Guardian

‘Mak is a truly cosmopolitan chronicler’ Independent

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Weight 0.463 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 3.9 cm










940.56 (edition:23)


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