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Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (2005)

by Tony Judt

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This is a masterpiece in historical synthesis. There is a lot of information in this book. One thing that really stood out for me was how Stalin resettled millions of people in post-World War 2 East Europe. This reconciled nationalities with new post-war borders. Judt chronicles the immediate cost of these forced moves as Poles moved west into the new Poland as Germans were forced west into East Germany, but also the long term implications of this mass migration. ( )
  gregdehler | Aug 15, 2017 |
  HollandseClub | Jul 1, 2017 |
A comprehensive but turgid survey of post WWII European history. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 26, 2016 |
I read this last year over the summer holiday, and forgot to Goodreads review it! I'm very disappointed in myself. Anyway, it's as good as everyone says. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
Oh boy. Wish me luck!
  beabatllori | Apr 2, 2013 |
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World War II may have ended in 1945, but according to historian Tony Judt, the conflict's epilogue lasted for nearly the rest of the century. Calling 1945-1989 "an interim age," Judt examines what happened on each side of the Iron Curtain, with the West nervously inching forward while the East endured the "peace of the prison yard" until the fall of Communism in 1989 signaled their chance to progress. Though he proposes no grand, overarching theory of the postwar period, Judt's massive work covers the broad strokes as well as the fine details of the years 1945 to 2005. No one book (even at nearly a thousand pages) could fully encompass this complex period, but Postwar comes close, and is impressive for its scope, synthesis, clarity, and narrative cohesion.

Judt treats the entire continent as a whole, providing equal coverage of social changes, economic forces, and cultural shifts in western and eastern Europe. He offers a county-by-county analysis of how each Eastern nation shed Communism and traces the rise of the European Union, looking at what it represents both economically and ideologically. Along with the dealings between European nations, he also covers Europe's conflicted relationship with the United States, which learned much different lessons from World War II than did Europe. In particular, he studies the success of the Marshall Plan and the way the West both appreciated and resented the help, for acceptance of it reminded them of their diminished place in the world. No impartial observer, Judt offers his judgments and opinions throughout the book in an attempt to instruct as well as inform. If a moral lesson is to come from World War II, Judt writes, "then it will have to be taught afresh with each passing generation. 'European Union' may be an answer to history, but it can never be a substitute." This book would be an excellent place to start that lesson. --Shawn Carkonen

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Provides a history of contemporary Europe, covering thirty-four countries over a span of sixty years, and includes discussion of the region's economic development, culture, and politics.

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