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Tras cuarenta anos leyendo y escribiendo acerca de la Europa contemporanea el historiador britanico Tony Judt investiga en Postguerra desde la devastacion. Postguerra. Una historia de Europa desde (Spanish Edition) eBook: Tony Judt: : Kindle Store. Tras cuarenta años leyendo y escribiendo acerca de la Europa contemporánea, el historiador británico Tony Judt investiga en Postguerra, según la mejor.

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The second section of Postwar focuses on the period of Cold War stability from he makes it clear that, rhetoric aside, leaders on both sides of the Cold War were in fact somewhat relieved to have a fairly stable structure in place. Impossible to remember as it truly was, it is inherently vulnerable to being remembered as it wasn’t. When Nasser expelled UN troops from Sinai inand Israel mobilized for war, like many European Jews, he volunteered to replace kibbutz members who had been called up.

As someone who grew up in Singapore, it also contextualises for me the local politics — Singapore’s independence in — and the emphasis as written in our national pledge, at least on a neutrality of race and religion. It is never easy to write about one’s own time and the period of the book is exactly my own time, too. Finally, he is just a great writer, never sententious, and perhaps more impressively given the topic, never tendentious, and his footnotes are on occasion very very funny.

Judt’s optimism with regard to Europe’s future is admittingly refreshing in that he mudt dismisses the “Europe in decline” trope jut American historians love to assign to the continent. Like many other Jewish parents living in postwar Europe, his mother and father were secular, Born inTony Judt was raised in the East End of London by a mother whose parents had immigrated judf Russia and a Belgian father who descended from a line of Lithuanian rabbis.

Not from America, but from the Soviet Union itself. Even though I was looking at Europe, so tonj speak, through the wrong end of the telescope, from the point of view of a mighty postwar America that could do no wrong, I found myself following the late poostguerra closely, saying to myself, frequently, “Yes, it must have been this way!

Berlin remained a touch point, ultimately settled by the wall in Europe has not returned to war and its social model has been taken by many as an ideal.

Those of you who have a better knowledge of, say, German, Czech or Polish would surely find many others. All of that and I learned a bunch of new words autarkic! The author’s disappointment is palpable at the manner in which these fledgling Eastern democracies were treated by their Western cousins, who abandoned the American wisdom in the aftermath of the Second World War in favor of the misguided approach of the First: He’s also excellent on the changing importance of languages and the emergence of English as the shared language of 21st century Europe.


I’ll come back to Judt’s handling of the origins of the Cold War in a moment, but he makes it clear that the problems faced on each side of the Iron Curtain were intimately related. The mosaic of Europe, part 2 geographical patterns. Left leaning parties from Communist to Christian Democratic vied for power. I think Judt would have had the answer, but anyway I seem to have drifted some distance from reviewing this wonderful book.

Lists with This Book. You cannot publish a history book with such ambitious aims unchecking foreign terms and thus leaving behind so many reiterated typos. The West misinterpreted his military buildup. The Soviet client states, each facing a similar challenge, each negotiating it in its own way: Each of the chapters in part 1, for example, follows a theme through the post-war period, moving incrementally forward in time from chapter to chapter, but allowing for movement back to the beginning of the period when it helps clarify the new theme.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since by Tony Judt

And not for finding its mistakes. The very enormity of the crime renders all memorialisation incomplete. I was born in and lived through everything that Tony Judt writes about in Tpny 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 Europe, it’s amazing how he takes so many conflicting, confusing, and terribly complicated threads of history and makes them comprehensible and consistent.

I started on this book to answer for myself the question, raised from reading Wolfgang Munchau in the FT, of why the EU is more a political construct than a streamlined economic entity. And in pa end this historical work inevitably becomes more of an essay which results in rather ambiguous points of view, like on the European Union.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Judt does not spare any parties for their crimes, including the many unaccounted for crimes of the Holocaust some history, he says, however, needs to be “forgotten” for governing in the future to be possiblebut he also writes with profound empathy for the continent and its people. In many ways Postwar is lz ultimate starting point for anyone who seeks to enhance their postwar history chops, postguuerra other ways Judt provides a perfect condensation of thousands of postwar texts, providing an original review of nearly all pertinent developments, and I again stress that no author has approached “all” in this genre to such a degree of completion.


The Post-Sovietn east block: Amidst economic challenges, violent terrorist groups sprouted up across the continent: 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.

He goes on to describe the new Europe postgurera ensued and its challenges. All the standard superlatives risk sounding a bit flat–cover blurb speak rather than real praise.

Aug 22, Anthony rated it it was amazing. And so is this book; a massive yet captivating narration of an astonishingly heterogeneous continent between andencompassing an enormous amount of political, economic, spatial and cultural knowledge, which is sufficiently documented, eloquently explained and geographically balanced. Student protest and radicalism took off. In addition, he’s excellent on regional differences within particular states or clusters, arguing that, especially in recent years, the difference between the northern and southern regions in Italy, or the eastern and western regions in Germany, are almost as important as the differences between nations.

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.

Why are you reading this re How does one review a book like this? A great book, highly recommended! Because he’s concerned first but not exclusively with political and economic history–he knows a hell of a lot about ideology–Judt tends to undervalue cultural change. Judt provides the tools to put things together, both geographically and chronologically. There is a tendency to see each local conflict as an isolated instance, but Judt provides a context that deserves serious attention.