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    Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Vintage Books) (Paperback) By (author) Tony Judt


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    DescriptionEurope in 1945 was prostrate. Much of the continent was devastated by war, mass slaughter, bombing and chaos. Large areas of Eastern Europe were falling under Soviet control, exchanging one despotism for another. Today, the Soviet Union is no more and the democracies of the European Union reach as far as the borders of Russia itself. Postwar tells the rich and complex story of how we got from there to here. Running right up to the Iraq war and the election of Benedict XVI, Postwar makes sense of Europe's recent history and identity, of what Europe is and has been. It is nothing less than a masterpiece. It is shortlisted for the Pulitzer and Samuel Johnson Prizes. It is the winner of the Arthur Ross Book Award.

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    Caroline Curry Very well researched book and walked away with a a lot of new found knowledge on an area previously studied, However the narrative often felt long winded in parts (eg EEC and EU policies and creation) and then too brisk in others, personally felt book lingered too much on cultural changes such as art, architecture and classical music rather than actual historical events at times (such as the massive political changes in the former Eastern Bloc in the late 80's) and football a major institution in European Culture given scant regard. Language could be at times complex bordering on verbose with very small print, perhaps should have been stretched out to 1500 pages. Despite this still feel that book provides a perfect foundation for study of the Post War period by Caroline Curry

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