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  • Title: Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
  • Author: Tony Judt
  • ISBN: 9780712665643
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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 and the democracies of the European Union reach as far as the borders of Russia itself Postwar tells the rich and complex storEurope 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 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 It tells of Europe s recovery from the devastation of the decline and fall of Soviet Communism and the rise of the EC and EU of the end of Europe s empires and of Europe s uneasy and changing relationships with the memory of the war and with the two great powers that bracket it, Russian and America With clarity and economy, he tells of developments across the continent as a whole, as well as of the contrasting experiences of Eastern and Western Europe Along the way, we learn of Greece s Civil War, of Scandinavian social democracy, the stresses of multilingual Belgium, the struggles of Northern Ireland and the Basque country And this is a history of people as well as of peoples, Churchill and Mitterand, General Franco and General Jaruzelski, Silvio Berlusconi and Joseph Stalin And Postwar also has cultural and social histories to tell of French and Czech cinema, of the rise of the fridge and the decline of the public intellectual, of immigration and gastarbeiters, existentialism and punk rock, Monty Python and brutalist architecture 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, in what can only be described as a masterpiece Europe in our time.
    Tony Judt
    Born in 1948, Tony Judt was raised in the East End of London by a mother whose parents had immigrated from Russia and a Belgian father who descended from a line of Lithuanian rabbis Judt was educated at Emanuel School, before receiving a BA 1969 and PhD 1972 in history from the University of Cambridge.Like many other Jewish parents living in postwar Europe, his mother and father were secular, but they sent him to Hebrew school and steeped him in the Yiddish culture of his grandparents, which Judt says he still thinks of wistfully Urged on by his parents, Judt enthusiastically waded into the world of Israeli politics at age 15 He helped promote the migration of British Jews to Israel In 1966, having won an exhibition to King s College Cambridge, he took a gap year and went to work on kibbutz Machanaim When Nasser expelled UN troops from Sinai in 1967, and Israel mobilized for war, like many European Jews, he volunteered to replace kibbutz members who had been called up During and in the aftermath of the Six Day War, he worked as a driver and translator for the Israel Defense Forces.But during the aftermath of the war, Judt s belief in the Zionist enterprise began to unravel I went with this idealistic fantasy of creating a socialist, communitarian country through work, Judt has said The problem, he began to believe, was that this view was remarkably unconscious of the people who had been kicked out of the country and were suffering in refugee camps to make this fantasy possible Career King s College, Cambridge, England, fellow, 1972 78 University of California at Berkeley, assistant professor, 1978 80 St Anne s College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, fellow, 1980 87 New York University, New York, NY, professor of history, 1987 , director of Remarque Institute, 1995.Awards American Council of Learned Societies, fellow, 1980 British Academy Award for Research, 1984 Nuffield Foundation fellow, 1986 Guggenheim fellow, 1989 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction finalist, 2006, for Postwar A History of Europe since 1945.


    Roy Lotz
    History is a discipline peculiarly impervious to high theoretical speculation: the more Theory intrudes, the farther History recedes.When I was in university, studying anthropology, I always resented the requirement that my essays have thesis statements. Can’t I just collect information and serve it up without taking some ultimate stance? Tony Judt seems to have been of the same mind, since this book is one very large serving of information, absent of any overarching thesis. As he says himself [...]

    This is history writ large done to perfection. Judt has compressed a lifetime of study and exploration of European cultural memes into this masterwork, one which abounds with erudition, penetrating analysis, and wise reflection. Judt states in his introduction that he hoped to produce a work that might compare favorably with that of the historians he had read and enjoyed, such as Eric Hosbsbawn. Speaking as one who has read the latter's brilliant tetralogy that runs from the French Revolution to [...]

    A history of Europe from 1945 up to 2005, readable, interesting and puts a lot in context. For Judt Europe ends where North Africa, Turkey and Russia begin, everywhere in between gets some coverage. The coverage given to eastern Europe contrasts with the situation in the west - an advantage which earlier pre-1989 histories can't offer. In retrospect the treatment of the immediate post war years stands out as particularly good - but this may be due to their inherent drama. There are lots of point [...]

    I was born in 1945 and lived through everything that Tony Judt writes about in Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, but from a slightly different perspective. I was a Hungarian born in the United States, in Cleveland, which along Buckeye Road was fully as Hungarian as that ancient capital on the Duna. From my youth, I was surrounded by stories about Hungary, about the little farm in Felcsut that was "taken away from us" by the Communists. Europe was always very near to me, even though it was [...]

    What an absolutely outstanding book. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed reading history so much - there were some nights I read till after 1 because I couldn’t put it down. This is the story of Europe since the end of WW2, a seemingly dry topic if ever there was one, so what is it that makes the book so compelling? Well, it feels as if it is all here, every significant event for the whole period presented in so balanced a way that the weight given to each just “feels right”. Reading Postw [...]

    What an outstanding history book. Postwar probably covered the events and issues as well as I can imagine considering the massive scope of the subject. Well written, informative, thoughtful and maybe as good an attempt at being even handed as I can think of. Highly recommended.

    I have often referred to this book as a great act of hubris and an uncommon realization of the author's ambition. The sheer audacity in enclosing a continent's history over 60 years in one spine is staggering and only pales in comparison to the striking amount of detail and context Judt provides his readers. In many ways Postwar is the ultimate starting point for anyone who seeks to enhance their postwar history chops, in other ways Judt provides a perfect condensation of thousands of postwar te [...]

    Been meaning to read this for years. Now seems a more auspicious time than ever.

    I managed to get through my entire undergraduate and graduate studies in history without having ever read a single book by Tony Judt. I have read some of his essays over the years, however, and they always struck me as pragmatic and apolitical. Other than his controversial positions on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Judt, an ex-Marxist and fervent Social Democrat, is a believer in being "objective" (a term he is surprisingly critical of in the introduction to Postwar). While he admires past g [...]

    Despite the title "A History of Europe since 1945," the late Tony Judt's 2005 book covers more than Europe and more than post 1945. In the avalanche of historical facts, Judt identifies a pattern of growing intolerance in the postwar world, and he's actually talking about post World War I. Where once different ethnic groups lived together in uneasy but workable ways, from 1914 on that pragmatic tolerance has been evaporating and ethnic strife has been increasing, even today when we should know b [...]

    Bookmarks Magazine
    The unassuming, almost provocatively direct title belies an almost 1,000-page exhaustive survey of European history since the end of World War II. Yet this book isn't meant just to look impressive on the bookshelf; Judt is an astute thinker and polished writer who brings extensive cultural knowledge about film, music, and literature to bear on his daunting subjects: the Holocaust, the Stalinized East, the tide-changing 1960s, the implosion of the Iron Curtain, the policies of the European Union, [...]

    Patrick Brown
    How does one review a book like this? It's like trying to review the sun. It's huge, everything revolves around it, and there times when it seems to fill up the sky. Postwar is absolutely monumental. Not only is it a tremendous work of scholarship, but it also has a really great sense of humor. Judt throws shade on everyone from Marxists to ex-Nazis to the Sex Pistols to David Beckham. All of that and I learned a bunch of new words (autarkic! propitious! adumbrated!). Why are you reading this re [...]

    Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
    A veritable Mont Blanc of a book in both scale and scope that successfully synthesizes the political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Europe following the Second World War. No doubt I shall be returning to its component parts for some time to come. The Epilogue concerning evolving postwar attitudes to Holocaust culpability was equally illuminating.

    Very thorough and impressive study of a very broad area/era in history. Filled in a lot of gaps in my historical knowledge.

    Postwar is a masterful presentation; comprehensive and detailed without losing focus. Judt fits together the pieces of European history from the fall of Nazi Germany to the fall of the Soviet Union. He goes on to describe the new Europe that ensued and its challenges. He creates the sense of flow of history usually found in the more distant past. For those focused on topical interests such as WWII, the cold war, economic or social history, this book can provide context. To cover so much in one v [...]

    This book is filling a gap in my knowledge so large that I cannot believe I never realised it was there. It seems to touch on so many things; it delivers the events, yes, but more interestingly it jumps from political commentary to economics to aesthetic and social theory to intellectual history. It is my first book on general European history, so I can't really critique the content, except to say I feel like I've been brought a long way. Above all I think it is a political history, delving -- s [...]

    This book is a real 'tour de force': incredibly balanced in its width, accurate in its general outlines and details, critical and lucid. Judt brings a reasonably classic political narrative of European history, but adds it with many socio-economic data and elements on mentality. All well supported by statistics, examples and quotations.Yet there are also some weaknesses: Judt regularly settles personal scores, with the generation of May 68 for example, with the Third Way of Blair, with Mitterran [...]

    Europe's present era of political and economic stability has extended so long that few are alive who remember a different time in that continent's history. But prior to 1945, warfare, oppression and chaos - along with imperial largesse and ethnic diversity - were the historical norm for European societies. The twin calamities of World War I and World War II put an end to that old Europe once and for all. Out of the unfathomable death and destruction of these episodes an entirely new Europe was c [...]

    I've basically read this. I get credit. I will explain later.

    Leonard Pierce
    There are very few books that deserve the kind of reputation that "Postwar" has, but this one is considered a masterpiece for a reason. Judt was a brilliant historian, observer, and synthesizer of complex political movements, and this is his greatest work. Taking up immediately after the end of World War II, the book takes an astonishingly broad view of the post-war world, and though it focuses generally on the struggle between the Soviet satellites and the western world, and specifically on Eur [...]

    Peter Mcloughlin
    Second reading of Judt's Postwar. Judt gives a very detailed history of Europe reconstruction out of the ashes of WWII into a prosperous western and an east subdued by the Soviets both sides under the shadow of Superpower politics. Judt spends more time on developments inside the continent the cold war confrontation is veiw as an overlay to the inside story of European development over these decades while important to the narrative it is one of many things going on in postwar Europe. Judt spends [...]

    I got through about 2/5ths of this - on audible, and doubt I will finish it in the foreseeable future, since my 'car' time is now spent listening to music. The sections I listened to are, of course, very impressive, and cover the 1930s and 1940's, up to the death of Stalin.

    “By the end of the twentieth century the centrality of the Holocaust in Western European identity and memory seemed secure”.Even if memory remains somewhat… asymmetrical across European nations, even if this book was completed, ironically, just a few years before the fiscal crisis kicked off – which means that the much appraised postwar recovery doesn’t register as an economic miracle in individual conscience anymore, and rightly so – Europe, as we know it today, is still a phenomena [...]

    Craig Werner
    All the standard superlatives risk sounding a bit flat--cover blurb speak rather than real praise. Nonetheless, Judt's Postwar is brilliant, magisterial, definitive, choose your own adjective. My appreciation for it is increased by two factors that set it off from the other five star history books I've read in recent years. First, the book assembled a whole lot of fragments of information and analysis I'd been carrying around into a coherent picture. Second, I learned a lot about how to put toge [...]

    My only issue is that it's probably longer than it needs to be - it often drags on with statistics and anecdotes that are interesting for the 1945-1970 period that I knew less about but feel overly pro-neoliberal to me for the portion of the book covering 1970 onwards. I need to read Hobsbawm's book on the postwar period now, since I'm guessing that it gives a more critical view of post-1970 neoliberal reforms

    Andrew Carr
    These days, most mentions of the post-war order in Europe seem to involve death. Either from the passing of the last historical links —such as Helmut Kohl this week— or references to the expected demise of the order’s signal creation, the European Union. Yet its achievements PostWar, as this remarkable book make clear, must stand as one of the great achievements and celebrations of life.Spanning 60 years, 50 countries and 40 plus hours of audio book, Judt’s masterpiece is one of the most [...]

    Debjit Sengupta
    When you think of Europe, nature’s paradise , picturesque sights, romantic evenings, vibrant people, effervescent life and soccer league immediately comes into mind. Apart from these, there are products whose quality itself makes you identify it with an European nation. Perfection is the tag that goes with Swiss watches, German cars, Italian designer clothes, Belgian chocolates , French kitchenware and Danish furniture. There are more positive aspects that have been missed out but there is no [...]

    A magisterial, comprehensive look at European history from 1945 to the early 2000s. This was dense, moving, and disquieting. It shook a lot of my assumptions, and explained a lot of current Europe. It definitely requires re-reading and re-absorbing, but its length - 1k pages! - will make that hard. Tony Judt's thesis is how all of post-1945 Europe was a reaction to the two world wars. It should be required reading, really, for Americans too, since our education on WW2 and Europe is, well simple. [...]

    Lorenzo Berardi
    Ok, this is a history book.So let's introduce it with a fact: Tony Judt made it. Who else would have been able to condensate sixty years of European history in 831 pages finding room enough to spend a whole paragraph on the likes of the football/soccer star David Beckham? ("an English player of moderate technical gifts but an unsurpassed talent for self-promotion" etc.).And yet this book may be called huge, grand, impressive but not great. I would say that just like his compatriot Beckham, Judt [...]

    This is an ambitious book. It's also an impassioned account of the last 60 years of European History. Judt discloses in his Introduction that his is an "opinionated" book, and that's what I usually expect from a good history book. Historians that shield themselves in objectivity display boring and usually uninteresting accounts. The most impressive feature (and related to the former) of this work are its insights. One of the reviews says that there are insights in almost every (of the 900) page. [...]

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