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The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath
The presentation of Europe's immediate historical past has quite dramatically changed. Conventional depictions of occupation and collaboration in World War II, of wartime resistance and post-war renewal, provided the familiar backdrop against which the chronicle of post-war Europe has mostly been told. Within these often ritualistic presentations, it was possible to concea ...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published April 16th 2000 by Princeton University Press
(first published February 29th 2000)
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An interesting collection of academic (mostly micro-) studies of the politics of retribution in various Post-WWII European countries (e.g., Hungary, Greece, Belgium, France 1954); with a thoughtful introduction and epilogue (dated 2000) by Tony Judt.
In his introduction to "The Politics of Retribution in Europe," Judt discusses the fragility of the European postwar settlement as a consequence of the change in memory that came at the end of the 20th century. The perspective of 1945 as the postwar rebirth of European society with a split between East and West disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it came a shift in memory of the decades after the war that were once seen as a time of prosperity and unity during which all o ...more