“Europe: Chained by History: What Force Can Break the Chain?” by Larry J. Hilton— A United States of Europe


Hilton, Larry J. “Europe: Chained by History: What Force Can Break the Chain?”, Newport Publishing, 2015.

A United States of Europe

Amos Lassen

Larry J. Hilton’s “Europe: Chained by History”  uses the history of Vienna to make a case for Europe to form a United States of Europe or risk seeing the European Union come apart individually. We see where historic rivalries among European nations began, how the Enlightenment affected Europe and the United States and become aware of the conditions that allowed for the rise of Hitler and the Second World War and what it will take for the European Union to survive.

Hilton presents European history as the story of people and looks at anti-Semitism in 1930’s Europe explaining how this happened and Hitler’s role in it. He shows us the power that religion, the arts and philosophers have in shaping history and links the history of Europe to the present and future. We see

European history through the eyes of people who lived ordinary lives during the Roman occupation of Europe and continue with them through World War II. Hilton focuses on the city of Vienna and from there he explains the complex issues that threaten a modern European Union. We really see this through stories that take us back to what was happening.

Through Austria’s past, Hilton is able to give us a compelling case for a United States of Europe.