Tras cuarenta anos leyendo y escribiendo acerca de la Europa contemporanea el historiador britanico Tony Judt investiga en Postguerra desde la devastacion. Postguerra. Una historia de Europa desde (Spanish Edition) eBook: Tony Judt: : Kindle Store. Tras cuarenta años leyendo y escribiendo acerca de la Europa contemporánea, el historiador británico Tony Judt investiga en Postguerra, según la mejor.

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However, the sixties were the swansong of student al both in the East and in the West. Judt underestimates the Sixties and yes, I’m speaking as a partisan, smile. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

First, the book assembled a whole lot of fragments of information and analysis I’d been carrying around into a coherent picture. Amidst economic challenges, violent terrorist posyguerra sprouted up across the continent: Stalin responded with the Berlin blockade which he hoped to use as a bargaining chip to set up a weak neutral Germany he could subvert.

Germans by the thousands were forced out of Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and into Germany. He goes on to describe the new Europe that ensued and its challenges. Please, guys, check the numbers when you read this tome! At the time they seemed like defining moments in history.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since by Tony Judt

Jan 07, Peter Mcloughlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story arc of the European Union—its bureaucratic complexities, its financial strictures and structures, the long waltz that wended its postgguerra across the dance floor postguerr the nineties before the post-Communist nations, impatient to embrace their new continental destiny, received their invitations to the European community—is described better than any account I’ve read.

And yet this book may be called huge, grand, impressive but not great.

Among the Western countries, the two most emphasized are France, with Paris presented by Judt as the intellectual capital of Europe at least until the 70s, and West Germany, but Jurt and UK are mentioned very often as well. Consumerism American style ensued with the emergent teenage category spending heavily on music and clothes. In the East the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in permanently ended any hope that they could morph their communist system into one that allowed freedom.

Jutd was the most heterogeneous with Croat, Serb and Muslim populations.


Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Europe has “some modest advice” as a result of its 20th century struggles, Judt says, and his book is an excellent distillation of that guidance. Some critics attribute his clear-headed approach to almost two decades in America, where he founded New Hony University’s Remarque Institute “to support and promote the study and discussion of Europe.

The Soviet client states, each facing a similar challenge, each negotiating it in its own way: Survivors had been subjected to occupation, deprivation, and exploitation.

On the contrary, it is frequently quite moving for its eloquence, on a consistent basis that is hard to achieve.

But this last chapter is a postugerra reminder of the evil that ordinary people can either be persuaded to do, or tolerate or just not seethen justify afterwards. Globalization exacerbated the problem as European businesses moved investment outside of Europe. The Epilogue concerning evolving postwar attitudes to Holocaust culpability was equally illuminating. Speaking as one who has read the latter’s brilliant tetralogy that runs from the French Revolution to the end of the twentieth centuryI can announce that the author succeeded in every single way.

All turned to planned economies and welfare state programs as a way out of their dire circumstances. Economic development, intellectual fashions, architecture, film history, political movements, the Cold War, regionalism, the emergence of the European Union—all this and more is covered in impressive detail.

View all 26 comments. Europe has not returned to war and its social model has been taken by many as an ideal. In the avalanche of historical facts, Judt identifies a pattern of postguerrx intolerance in the postwar world, and he’s actually talking about post World War I.

The rise of the price of oil, inflation and the inevitable economic slowdown leading to depression for well. To ask other readers questions about Postwarplease sign up.

Judt spends more time on developments inside the continent the cold war confrontation ppostguerra veiw as an overlay to the inside story of European development over these decades while important to the narrative it is one of many things going on in postwar Europe. Europe was turned into a collection of homogenous nations with the notable exception of the Balkans. Stalin versus the West, but also Stalin versus Tito. This truly is as good as it gets. This book is a real ‘tour de force’: I think this is a worthwhile posttuerra necessary book for understanding Europe’s present, but also for understanding the prospects of others around the world who are faced with a contemporary moment of fear, conflict and apparent destitution.


Postgeurra General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs promoted free trade and convertibility of currencies and was followed by the World Trade Organization. It is in fact, obvious, postgurra and transparent. The other is a connection that was not made. Its inherent implausibility—the sheer difficulty of conceiving of it in calm retrospect—opens the door to diminution and even denial.

Have a look at the chapter named “The Age of Affluence”. Judt regularly settles personal scores, with the generation of May 68 for example, with the Third Way of Blair, with Mitterran This book is a real ‘tour de force’: What an outstanding history book.

This is the story of Europe since the end of WW2, a seemingly dry topic if ever there was one, so what is it that makes the book so compelling? And my regret about the point he didn’t make was that this tolerance seems to yony in direct proportion to the level of desperation and deprivation in everyday life.

At other times, however, he’ll identify the big theme and then incorporate a few sentences or a single paragraph focusing on how it plays out in a particular locale. Part 4, inevitably not as clear as the first three present tense history’s more or less impossible to juddt in the same register as that written when the aftermath’s at least beginning to take form–concentrates on the emergence of the European union–not to be confused with nudt sort of traditional nation state–and the immense challenges posed by changing demographics, especially the presence of a large and growing Muslim community.

All the standard superlatives risk sounding a bit flat–cover blurb speak rather than real praise. Without constant reminders of this catastrophe—a European civil war that began in and whose political aftereffects did not disappear untilif then—we risk falling into the same errors that tore the continent apart one hundred years ago.