Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
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 ...more
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What Europe needs is a looser union of sovereign states not a Brussels ap Berlin ap Frankfurt dictatorium.
Russia was defeated ideologically not militarily, the banks poured billions into Russia, consultants and think tanks flooded into the country - I was one of them. The difference was that Russia didn't have an Adenauer, a Brandt, or a De Gaulle, or even a Vaclav Havel or Lech Walesa. All they had was Boris and Vlad and a bunch of greedy robber barons. (less)
Europe was always very near to me, even though it was ...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
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
Yet there are also some weaknesses: Judt regularly settles personal scores, with the generation of May 68 for example, with the Third Way of Blair, with Mitterran ...more
Postwar is absolutely monumental. Not only is it a tremendous work of scholarship, but it also has a really great sense of humor. Judt throws shade on everyone from Marxists to ex-Nazis to the Sex Pistols to David Beckham. All of that and I learned a bunch of new words (autarkic! propitious! adumbrated!).
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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
So let's introduce it with a fact: Tony Judt made it.
Who else would have been able to condensate sixty years of European history in 831 pages finding room enough to spend a whole paragraph on the likes of the football/soccer star David Beckham? ("an English player of moderate technical gifts but an unsurpassed talent for self-promotion" etc.).
And yet this book may be called huge, grand, impressive but not great. I would say that just like his compatriot Beckham, Judt ...more
Surprising, funny, infuriating—so many adjectives. But the main thing about Postwar is how comprehensive it is. Judt covers t ...more
These and many other questions are discussed in Tony Judt's comprehensi ...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.
The book is ...more
Like many other Jewish parents living in postwar Europe, his mother and father were secular, ...more