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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. 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…mehr

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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. 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.

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  • Verlag: Random House UK Ltd
  • Seitenzahl: 960
  • Erscheinungstermin: 11.01.2011
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781446418024
  • Artikelnr.: 39223055
Autorenporträt
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 taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Berkeley. 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 journals across Europe and the United States. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Thinking the Twentieth Century, The Memory Chalet, 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.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface & 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