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Modern Europe 4th Edition
History for Leaving Certificate
By Dermot Lucey
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For both Higher and Ordinary Level

This new edition of Modern Europe, the market-leading textbook, has been updated to reflect recent exam trends and ensure Leaving Certificate History success.

  • Includes the three most popular syllabus topics, two of which must be studied:
    • Nation States and International Tensions, 1871–1920 (new)
    • Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe, 1920–45
    • The United States and the World, 1945–89 (compulsory documents topic for 2020/2021 exams)
  • NEW! Essay Plans and Updated Exam Questions help hone exam technique

 NEW! Timeline feature helps students to contextualise events

  •  Strong emphasis on Key Personalities and Key Concepts throughout
  •  Valuable sample Research Study and guidelines for improving essay-writing help prepare students for all aspects of assessment

 Case Studies

  •  Updated Case Studies include new sources, additional questions and guidelines for contextualising the prescribed Case Studies
  •  NEW! Analysing Documents feature provides a unique method for deeper, more effective analysis of sources
  •  NEW! FREE Documents Resource Book with every copy of Modern Europe focuses exclusively on The United States and the World, 1945–89, the topic prescribed for the 2020 and 2021 exams

Modern Europe together with its companion Modern Ireland provide students with their essential texts for Leaving Certificate History


A suite of digital resources to complement Modern Europe is available on It includes curriculum-focused videos and worksheets, additional support for teaching the prescribed topic, sample answers and complete textbook chapters on two additional topics, Division and Realignment in Europe, 1945–92 and European Retreat from Empire and the Aftermath, 1945–90.

Free eBook Includes valuable videos and weblinks for further research.


DERMOT LUCEY is an experienced teacher of History and an active member of the Cork History Teachers’ Association. He is the author of a number of best-selling History textbooks, including The Past Today.


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