BOOK NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Modern Europe, by Clarence Perkins, C. H. Matterson and
R. I. Lovell (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1941; pp. xiii, 717-
1174; maps; $3.00), appears as a reprint from the recently pub-
lished Development of European Civilization, beginning with
the background of the French Revolution and extending down
to the fall of 1940. It is distinguished from the conventional
survey of modern European history principally by the wealth
of factual information which the authors have been able to
weave into their narrative. Economic, social and cultural fac-
tors have been stressed, but not to the extent of weakening the
indispensable framework of political history. Readers who are
interested primarily in continental developments may feel that
Great Britain has claimed a somewhat disproportionate share
of attention at the expense of the other leading powers, though
in no case have the authors been guilty of superficial treat-
ment. They are to be congratulated upon the make-up of the
text-the print and the method of topical subdivision are dis-
tinctly pleasing to the eye and should materially facilitate the
OLIVER H. RADKEY.
The University of Texas.
Stuart Tompkins' Russia Through the Ages: From the Scyth-
ians to the Soviets (New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1940; pp.
xxi, 779; maps, glossary, chronological table, bibliography, and
index; $6.00) is one of the few recent books covering all of
Russian history. Unfortunately, it leans too heavily toward
military affairs to the neglect of foreign policy, especially in
discussing the Napoleonic, Crimean, and World Wars. Nor is
it concerned much either with the history of ideas or of eco-
nomics-Karl Marx, for example, is cited twice in the rather
full index. There is a separate chapter on the Russian church.
A glossary of Russian terms, a well-organized, extensive bibli-
ography, and a lengthy chronology of sixteen pages enhance
the usefulness of Professor Tompkins' text.
J. G. DOWNUM.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed December 20, 2013.