Pair of mid-century (1956) hardcover books: A Political and Cultural History of Modern Europe Volumes I & 2. written by Carlton Hayes published by Jan MacMillan Canada.
Of the many school-text type histories of modern Europe written before WWII, Hayes' work is often considered one of the best both for its style of writing and content. A moderate Catholic, Hayes was able to provide solid perspective on many issues that were handled in a very polarized and "pat" manner by other historians. While a text book from the 1950s may not be the best place to go for current facts and interpretations, these volumes do offer unified histories that can actually be read with enjoyment from beginning to end, if history is your hobby and not an academic pursuit.
In GOOD! condition and complete, Volume 2 shows a lot of stress to the bind and has some pages that have separated. Internal pages show moderate foxing and there are various hand-written margin notations. Covers show moderate wear. A person's name is written in pen to the inside page of each book. All text is clear and legible, all diagrams and fold-out charts and maps are bright and vivid with NO! fading apparent.
Approximate measurements: 8-3/4" tall x 6" wide | weight of the combined volumes is around 6 lbs | 2.8 kg..
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