Postwar: A History Of Europe Since 1945 by Tony JudtPostwar: A History Of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

Postwar: A History Of Europe Since 1945

byTony Judt

Paperback | September 5, 2006

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award
One of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year

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 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.


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 École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and also t...
Title:Postwar: A History Of Europe Since 1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:960 pages, 9.07 × 5.98 × 1.72 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book While I doubt an online review of an 850-page book is going to convince anyone to buy the book, if it can influence you -- buy this book. Judt's book may be long but it is highly readable and once you are finished you will know what you need to know about the Europe of today. For those of us in Canada, overwhelmed by U.S. influences, it is particularly important. It has certainly been around for a while but I think has come into new focus in the last few years. As the 2008 U.S. election unfolds, it is even more important. And it also points to how the Harper government's lack of focus on potential European allies can only work to our detriment. An excellent book.
Date published: 2008-07-12

Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgements

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

From the House of the Dead: An Essay on Modern European Memory


Editorial Reviews

"Brilliant . . . A book that has the pace of a thriller and the scope of an encyclopedia . . . A very considerable achievement." --The New York Review of Books"Judt's massive, learned, brilliantly detailed account of Europe's recovery from the wreckage of World War II presents a whole continent in panorama even as it sets off detonations on almost every page." --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; and above all, the book is smart. Every page contains unexpected data, or a fresh observation, or a familar observation freshly turned." --Louis Menand, The New Yorker"Impressive . . . Mr. Judt writes with enormous authority." --The Wall Street Journal"Magisterial . . . It is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive, authoritative, and yes, readable postwar history." --The Boston Globe"Brave and remakable." --The Washington Post"Not likely to be surpassed for many years. . . . This is history writing at its best." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)