"Masterful. This book will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of both World and American historians. Do not miss it."
– Carolina Chronicles Magazine
"MacLennan traces the influence of European culture through immigration, colonialism in Africa, and intellectual migration and exile after the world wars. A well-supported, wide-ranging history of the Western world."
– Kirkus Reviews
"A study of the continent’s outsized political, socioeconomic, and intellectual influence on the rest of the world. MacLennan’s book is chock-full of interesting facts and observations."
– Publishers Weekly
"An epic narrative exceptional in interpretive breadth. Beginning with the Renaissance, readers contemplate the planet-transforming influence of Europe’s unprecedented curiosity and ambition, manifested in innovations in art, science, philosophy, and governance, exported through trade and colonization. Even readers resistant to MacLennan’s Eurocentric perspective will learn much here about a singularly dynamic continent."
– Booklist (starred)
"Learned, often persuasive, and a tincture for Western cynicism. This broad-strokes, big-claims history will appeal to fans of Jared Diamond."
– Library Journal
"Julio Crespo MacLennan's wide-ranging and deeply learned examination of the origins and contemporary importance of Europe in world history makes a valuable vademecum for the post-Brexit world. This book helps restore an accurate narrative of Europe's contribution to the modern world at a time when its recent history is being distorted for political ends."
– Paul Preston, Professor of International History, London School of Economics
"In this salutary book, Julio Crespo MacLennan restores an endangered species of truth: Europe’s influence in the last half-millennium has made our world what it is—still as richly diverse as ever, but rippled with genes, ideas, institutions, practices, biota, and material culture that Europeans spread across oceans and continents. The author does not conceal the evils that accompanied exchange, but the balance appears more constructive than destructive, more life-enhancing than life-destroying. Europe—if Europeans can overcome their abiding nationalisms and self-interest—can still be good for the rest of the world."
– Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Chair for Mission in Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame