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Preview — Postwar by Tony Judt
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (Η Ευρώπη μετά τον Πόλεμο #1)
Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award
One of theNew 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 a ...more
Europe was always very near to me, even though it was ...more
The unassuming, almost provocatively direct title belies an almost 1,000-page exhaustive survey of European history since the end of World War II. Yet this book isn't meant just to look impressive on the bookshelf; Judt is an astute thinker and polished writer who brings extensive cultural knowledge about film, music, and literature to bear on his daunting subjects: the Holocaust, the Stalinized East, the tide-changing 1960s, the implosion of the Iron Curtain, the policies of the European Union,...more
Even if memory remains somewhat… asymmetrical across European nations, even if this book was completed, ironically, just a few years before the fiscal crisis kicked off – which means that the much appraised postwar recovery doesn’t register as an economic miracle in individual conscience anymore, and rightly so – Europe, as we know it today, is still a phenomenal achievem ...more
Maar toch ook wat zwakke kanten: regelmatig rekent Judt af, met de generatie van mei 68 bijvoorbeeld, met de Derde Weg van Blair, met Mitterrand enzovoort. ...more
Also, --I must say-- what mr Judt ...more
This one took me a long time to finish, but it was well worth it. Postwar actually is a monumental work, sweeping in its ambition and extraordinarily comprehensive. The best comes at the end: the idea that peace and a degree of European identity is the norm and that alone is a historical break from the previous centuries of constant war and atrocities. Judt is eloquent in talking about how Europe in the postwar period went from trying to ignore the Holocaust to almost fetishizing it to - in som ...more
Judt does a masterful job of interweaving political, social and economic currents after 1945 from one end of the continent to the other. It's a hefty book and not a quick rea ...more
For Judt Europe ends where North Africa, Turkey and Russia begin, everywhere in between gets some coverage. The coverage given to eastern Europe contrasts with the situation in the west - an advantage which earlier pre-1989 histories can't offer.
In retrospect the treatment of the immediate post war years stands out as particularly good - but this may be due to their inherent drama. There are lots of point ...more
Well. I am have been reading this book for almost as long as I've been living in Europe, and I think it is a very good book for a new European to read. There is such a massive amount to learn here -- information about everything from social welfare to pop culture to political leaders to...everything. It's hard to throw 800+ pages of important basic facts and ideas at someone and have it read to beautifully, but Judt is kind of a brilliant writer.
This is one of those books that, although you "finished" it, the amount of info ...more
Like many other Jewish parents living in postwar Europe, his mother and father were secular, ...more