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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.
I read the paperback 4 years ago and am now reading its Kindle edition 2nd time as my eyesight has become poor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tatsumi Morizuka
Book provides an extensive view of post-war life. It is a great introduction to the era or place to look for sources to start your own research.Published 1 month ago by Sarah
For History buffs, it's a very fasinating book that will help the reader to understanding the issues of today.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tony Judt's monumental history of the (post) WWII era ranks up there with Robert Conquest's study of the Soviet Union, Alan Bullock's biographical history of Hitler and Richard... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claudia Moscovici
For a class I'm taking. A bit too detailed with facts and figures.Published 3 months ago by carol hitchie