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.
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.
Postwar A History of Europe Since Tony Judt Almost 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 The postwar era US history Khan Academy The United States emerged from World War II as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world But staying on top isn t easy. The Jasons The Secret History of Science s Postwar The Jasons The Secret History of Science s Postwar Elite Ann Finkbeiner Books Black Tie Guide History Post War Postwar Period Semi Formal Transition During the war, for various reasons, dinner jackets were rarely worn in public places and this custom has taken root in America, particularly among the younger generation. Postwar Challenges ushistory When he became President upon Franklin D Roosevelt s death in , few believed in Harry Truman s ability to govern But it was Truman s common sense approach that helped the U.S end World War II and move on to tackle postwar challenges Euphoria When Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end History of Germany As a consequence of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, Germany was cut between the two global blocs in the East and West, a American Proconsul How Douglas MacArthur Shaped Postwar In his showily imperial way MacArthur became a substitute emperor figure, ensconced mystically atop Tokyo s Dai Ichi building General of the Army Douglas MacArthur is an icon of American military history, a soldier who served his country for than a half century and is best known for his PostWarClassic News Home PreWarCar PreWarCar All about the antique car and classic car The daily magazine marketplace dedicated to the pre car prewar pre Sonderweg th century The term Sonderweg was first used by German conservatives in the Imperial period, starting in the late th century as a source of pride at the Golden Mean of governance that in their view had been attained by the German state, whose distinctiveness as an authoritarian state lay in taking the initiative in instituting social GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY Regents The University of the State of New York REGENTS HIGH SCHOOL EXAMINATION GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY Wednesday, June , a.m to p.m only Student Name _____
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