Generalizations in history are dangerous. When closely examined, historical events and developments almost invariably reveal aspects which are individual and unique. For a true picture of the past, a grasp of the general pattern of development must be combined with an understanding of the individual features which in each country modified the pattern and gave to each nation’s history its particular shape.
—Felix Gilbert and David Clay Large,
The End of the European Era: 1890 to the Present.
W. W. Norton, 2002. Fifth Edition.