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Judt treats the entire continent as a whole, providing equal coverage of social changes, economic forces, and cultural shifts in western and eastern Europe. He offers a county-by-county analysis of how each Eastern nation shed Communism and traces the rise of the European Union, looking at what it represents both economically and ideologically. Along with the dealings between European nations, he also covers Europe's conflicted relationship with the United States, which learned much different lessons from World War II than did Europe. In particular, he studies the success of the Marshall Plan and the way the West both appreciated and resented the help, for acceptance of it reminded them of their diminished place in the world. No impartial observer, Judt offers his judgments and opinions throughout the book in an attempt to instruct as well as inform. If a moral lesson is to come from World War II, Judt writes, "then it will have to be taught afresh with each passing generation. 'European Union' may be an answer to history, but it can never be a substitute." This book would be an excellent place to start that lesson. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Postwar - A history of Europe since 1945" by Tony Judt is the best book I have read on the subject.
The economic interdependence of the European states does seem to make war completely obsolete, so that has been a great success story.
While this political story is the armature of the book, Judt does an excellent job of outlining the relevant social history.
This sets the standards for understanding the 50 years post-war. Every dimension from resettlement to east v. Read morePublished 13 days ago by ed oneil
Superbly researched, but a somewhat tedious read in spite (or because ??) of that!Published 1 month ago by Mrs Ann M Hughes
I found the book a little dry, with a lot of data. Otherwise, it is quite interesting.Published 1 month ago by peteri
Postwar was one of the most informative and powerful books I have ever read. I am 80 years old and live thru the period of the war and obviously the postwar period. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert M. Swenson
Page 26 of the book, and the paragraph begins, "History has exacted no such retribution. Indeed, the 13 million expellees were settled and integrated into West German society... Read morePublished 3 months ago by roger a rabbit