"Narrow View of Europe History Ignores the Significant
- and the U.S.",
a review by Carroll Quigley in The Boston Herald,
September 11, 1966,
of a book:
EUROPE AND THE WORLD SINCE 1914,
by Ernest J. Knapton and Thomas K. Derry.
Scribner's: New York, 1966
"Narrow View of Europe History
Ignores the Significant -- and the U.S"
EUROPE AND THE WORLD SINCE 1914.
By Ernest J. Knapton and Thomas K. Derry.
Scribner's. 474 pp. $8.95.
This is the third, and last, volume in
series on the history of Europe since 1450. As in the authors' earlier
volumes, the text centers on Europe, takes occasional glances at the
wider world, is factually accurate and is largely political.
The scholarship is up-to-date -- an over-emphasized virtue today
when scholarship so frequently means little more than a shift from
yesterday's version back to that of the day before yesterday. In this
version, once again the Germans are blamed for 1914, the Treaty of
Versailles is treated leniently, and British appeasement in the 1930s is
regarded as weak and misguided.
THE GENERAL TONE is “English traditional.” Coverage is narrowly
political, having only a single chapter on "Europe and the World
Economy," one chapter each on Asia and Africa, and one on The Cultural
Revolution." None of the four has anything very enlightening to say:
descriptive of surface events, they ignore the significant changes.
Three of the 15 chapters are on Russia. These give a fairly
adequate history of that area and may be justified by its importance to
Europe. Surely the United States is equally important to the world. But
there is no chapter on our own country.
Professor of history at Georgetown University, Carroll Quigley’s most
recent book was “Tragedy and Hope: The World in Our Time.”