Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945


By (author) Tony Judt

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 960 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 41mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143037757
  • ISBN 13: 9780143037750
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 62,318

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Finalist for the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the "New York Times"'" "Ten Best Books of the YearAlmost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. "Postwar" is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative. Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, "Postwar" is a rare joy.

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Author information

Tony Judt was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies at New York University, as well as the founder and director of the Remarque Institute, dedicated to creating an ongoing conversation between Europe and the United States. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and also taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Berkeley. Professor Judt was a frequent contributor to "The New York Review of Books," "The Times Literary Supplement," " The New Republic," "The New York Times," and many journals across Europe and the United States. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including "Thinking the Twentieth Century," "The Memory Chalet," "Ill Fares the Land," "Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century," and "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945," which was one of "The New York Times Book Review"'s Ten Best Books of 2005, the winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He died in August 2010 at the age of sixty-two.

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...brilliantly detailed account of Europe's recovery from the wreckage of World War II presents a whole continent in panorama. ("The New York Times Book Review") Remarkable... The writing is vivid; the coverage-of little countries as well as of great ones-is virtually superhuman. (Louis Menand, "The New Yorker")

Table of contents

Preface & Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Post-War: 1945-1953 I. The Legacy of War II. Retribution III. The Rehabilitation of Europe IV. The Impossible Settlement V. The Coming of the Cold War VI. Into the Whirlwind VII. Culture Wars Coda. The End of Old Europe Part Two: Prosperity and Its Discontents: 1953-1971 VIII. The Politics of Stability IX. Lost Illusions X. The Age of Affluence XI. The Social Democratic Hour XII. The Spectre of Revolution XIII. The End of the Affair Part Three: Recessional: 1971-1989 XIV. Diminished Expectations XV. Politics in a New Key XVI. A Time of Transition XVII. The New Realism XVIII. The Power of the Powerless XIX. The End of the Old Order Part Four: After the Fall: 1989-2005 XX. A Fissile Continent XXI. The Reckoning XXII. The Old Europe—:and the New XXIII. The Varieties of Europe XXIV. Europe as a Way of Life Epilogue From the House of the Dead: An Essay on Modern European Memory Index