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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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Publisher Comments:

Tony Judt's Postwar makes one lament the overuse of the word "groundbreaking." It is an unprecedented accomplishment: the first truly European history of contemporary Europe, from Lisbon to Leningrad, based on research in six languages, covering thirty-four countries across sixty years in a single integrated narrative, using a great deal of material from newly available sources. Tony Judt has drawn on forty years of reading and writing about modern Europe to create a fully rounded, deep account of the continent's recent past. The book integrates international relations, domestic politics, ideas, social change, economic development, and culture--high and low--into a single grand narrative. Every country has its chance to play the lead, and although the big themes are superbly handled--including the cold war, the love/hate relationship with America, cultural and economic malaise and rebirth, and the myth and reality of unification--none of them is allowed to overshadow the rich pageant that is the whole. Vividly and clearly written for the general reader; witty, opinionated, and full of fresh and surprising stories and asides; visually rich and rewarding, with useful and provocative maps, photos, and cartoons throughout, Postwar is a movable feast for lovers of history and lovers of Europe alike.

A magnificent history of postwar Europe, East and West, by arguably the subject's most esteemed historian.

Review:

"This is the best history we have of Europe in the postwar period and not likely to be surpassed for many years. Judt, director of New York University's Remarque Institute, is an academic historian of repute and, more recently, a keen observer of European affairs whose powerfully written articles have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books and elsewhere. Here he combines deep knowledge with a sharply honed style and an eye for the expressive detail. Postwar is a hefty volume, and there are places where the details might overwhelm some readers. But the reward is always there: after pages on cabinet shuffles in some small country, or endless diplomatic negotiations concerning the fate of Germany or moves toward the European Union, the reader is snapped back to attention by insightful analysis and excellent writing. Judt shows that the dire human and economic costs of WWII shadowed Europe for a very long time afterward. Europeans and Americans recall the economic miracle, but it didn't really transform people's lives until the late 1950s, when a new, more individualized, consumer-oriented society began to appear in the West. But Postwar is not just a history of Western Europe. One of its great virtues is that it fully integrates the history of Eastern and Western Europe, and covers the small countries as well as the large and powerful ones. Judt is judicious, even a bit uncritical, in his appraisal of American involvement in Europe in the early postwar years, and he's scathing about Western intellectuals' accommodation to communism. His book focuses on cultural and intellectual life rather than the social experiences of factory workers or peasants, but it would probably be impossible to encompass all of it in one volume. Overall, this is history writing at its very best. Agent, Andrew Wylie. (On sale Oct. 10)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

While eschewing any single overarching thematic narrative in his history of postwar Europe, Judt (European studies, New York U.) does touch upon a number of more minor themes important to the common historical experience of the continent, including Europe's reduction in power and influence, the withering of master narratives of European history, the growth of the "European model" of social intercourse and inter-state relations, the inseparability of Eastern and Western European history, and the complications of the US presence in Europe. He weaves these and other themes into his narrative, which covers European political, economic, and social changes both on the continental scale and in terms of individual countries.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

While eschewing any single overarching thematic narrative in his history of postwar Europe, Judt (European studies, New York U.) does touch upon a number of more minor themes important to the common historical experience of the continent, including Europe's reduction in power and influence, the withering of master narratives of European history, the growth of the "European model" of social intercourse and inter-state relations, the inseparability of Eastern and Western European history, and the complications of the US presence in Europe. He weaves these and other themes into his narrative, which covers European political, economic, and social changes both on the continental scale and in terms of individual countries. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this magnificent, unprecedented history of postwar Europe, esteemed historian Tony Judt covers 34 countries across 60 years in a single integrated narrative, using a great deal of material from newly available sources.

Synopsis:

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.

 

About the Author

Tony Judt was born in London in 1948. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, Berkeley, and New York University, where he is currently the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies and Director of the Remarque Institute, which is dedicated to the study of Europe and that he founded in 1995. The author or editor of eleven books, he is 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 United States.

Table of Contents

Preface and 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594200656
Subtitle:
A History of Europe Since 1945
Author:
Judt, Tony
Publisher:
Penguin Press HC, The
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20051006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Change the four 8-page inserts from the
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9.54x6.40x1.83 in. 2.84 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This is the best history we have of Europe in the postwar period and not likely to be surpassed for many years. Judt, director of New York University's Remarque Institute, is an academic historian of repute and, more recently, a keen observer of European affairs whose powerfully written articles have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books and elsewhere. Here he combines deep knowledge with a sharply honed style and an eye for the expressive detail. Postwar is a hefty volume, and there are places where the details might overwhelm some readers. But the reward is always there: after pages on cabinet shuffles in some small country, or endless diplomatic negotiations concerning the fate of Germany or moves toward the European Union, the reader is snapped back to attention by insightful analysis and excellent writing. Judt shows that the dire human and economic costs of WWII shadowed Europe for a very long time afterward. Europeans and Americans recall the economic miracle, but it didn't really transform people's lives until the late 1950s, when a new, more individualized, consumer-oriented society began to appear in the West. But Postwar is not just a history of Western Europe. One of its great virtues is that it fully integrates the history of Eastern and Western Europe, and covers the small countries as well as the large and powerful ones. Judt is judicious, even a bit uncritical, in his appraisal of American involvement in Europe in the early postwar years, and he's scathing about Western intellectuals' accommodation to communism. His book focuses on cultural and intellectual life rather than the social experiences of factory workers or peasants, but it would probably be impossible to encompass all of it in one volume. Overall, this is history writing at its very best. Agent, Andrew Wylie. (On sale Oct. 10)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this magnificent, unprecedented history of postwar Europe, esteemed historian Tony Judt covers 34 countries across 60 years in a single integrated narrative, using a great deal of material from newly available sources.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

 

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