Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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By (author) Tony Judt

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 960 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 43mm | 713g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 009954203X
  • ISBN 13: 9780099542032
  • Illustrations note: 24pp b/w photographs, 4 maps
  • Sales rank: 7,229

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Europe 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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Tony Judt was educated at King's College, Cambridge and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Berkeley. He was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies at New York University; in addition to Director of the Remarque Institute, which is dedicated to the study of Europe and which he founded in 1995. The author or editor of fourteen books, 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 other journals in Europe and the US. Professor Judt is the author of 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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By Caroline Curry 08 Sep 2012 4

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

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"Most impressive... Postwar, Tony Judt's magnificent history of Europe after The Second World War, covers vast tracts of ground with extraordinary skill, weaving together the stories of West and East in a single, compelling narrative" Evening Standard, 'Books of the Year' "Masterly and exhilarating... Judt has a fine eye for telling detail... This is a splendid book to which no review can do proper justice" -- Geoffrey Wheatcroft Spectator "Truly superb - a magnificent achievement. It is hard to imagine how a better - and more readable - history of the emergence of today's Europe from the ashes of 1945 could ever be written; I can't think of another work on the latter half of the 20th century that comes close to matching it... All in all, a real masterpiece" -- Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler "A superb work of synthesis, analysis and reflection" Times Literary Supplement, 'Books of the Year' "With Postwar... Judt moves up into the ranks of the grand simplificateurs. He dares to expound the sum total of Europe since 1945 in a seamless narrative... This is history-writing with a human face, as well as with brainpower... It is most unlikely that Judt's achievement will be superseded soon" Guardian