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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Housing likewise had suffered wholesale destruction. The city of Trieste was returned to Italy, its hinterlands went to Yugoslavia.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since by Tony Judt

Why I finished it: Secondly, the American decision to fund reconstruction through the Marshall Plan helped get European economies back on their feet – though at the expense of bringing postgudrra under the American umbrella for the foreseeable future.

Out of the unfathomable death and destruction of these episodes an entirely new Europe was created, more homogenous, more cautious and more placid. Judt was tremendously knowledgeable, and the width and depth of his knowledge is on full display here; his genius for making such far-ranging threads of history weave into an almost seamless narrative. View all 11 comments.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Finally, he is just a great writer, never sententious, postgkerra perhaps more impressively given the topic, never tendentious, and his footnotes are on occasion very very funny. What Judt does in Postwar is fill in many of the blanks for me. Judt has compressed a lifetime of study and exploration of European cultural memes into this masterwork, one which abounds with erudition, penetrating analysis, and wise reflection.

Aug 22, Anthony rated it it was amazing. The cultural transformations, aspirations, struggles, failures and prospects for Europe’s people are given in great detail here, but despite the enormous amount tpny information provided somehow Judt’s writing doesn’t lag.


Broad histories like this are notoriously difficult to write, but Judt somehow manages to give a fulsome picture of the changes that have wrought European society, politically, culturally and philosophically, in the decades since the wars ended.

And not for finding its mistakes. Colonial empires were abandoned. The problem, he began to believe, was that this view was “remarkably unconscious of the people who had been kicked out of the country and were suffering in refugee camps to make this fantasy possible.

As a result judf endorses the only partially comic comment that the radicals of the 60s just weren’t serious. Transportation networks had been destroyed. Postwar probably covered the events and issues as well as I can imagine considering the massive scope of the subject. Separately it is interesting to read of the chaos in Eastern Europe post the official end of WWII as per the Allied narrative — as an extension of the Nazi occupation under new Communist rulers.

Amidst economic challenges, violent terrorist groups sprouted up across the continent: Survivors had oostguerra subjected to occupation, deprivation, and exploitation.

The euro provided a common currency and English became the common language for the mobile elite. Have a look at the chapter named “The Age of Affluence”. Not everybody finds it easy—or preferable—dealing with freedom, with the rapid, daily change that is inherent to democratic capitalism with unfettered markets. With no support from Gorbachev Poland chose the latter and communist rule ended quickly. His assessments are liberally spiced with wry commentary and thoughtful opinion, and there really postgjerra no corner of the European landscape that escapes his sure-footed stride.


See 1 question about Postwar…. It is in fact, obvious, justified and transparent. A History of Europe since Americans were concerned with domestic issues and wanted out of Europe.

What an outstanding history book. But prior towarfare, oppression and chaos – along with imperial largesse and ethnic diversity – were the historical norm for European societies.

His thesis is, I think, that the EU started as a French initiative to bind a Marshall-plan aided Germany to the rest of Europe in a way that would preclude another invasion of French soil. The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs promoted free trade and convertibility of currencies and was followed by the World Trade Organization. He’s right, of course, that Paris ’68 was never close to bringing down DeGaulle’s government.

The Who and the Beatles! The coverage given to eastern Europe contrasts with the situation in the west – an advantage which earlier pre histories can’t offer. View all 3 comments.

Both sides accepted the status quo in Europe. View all 26 comments.

It was the insecure child of anxiety. Censorship of literature and exile of authors in Central Europe and the tragedy of communist totalitarianism.

In high school, I wrote papers about the Common Market as the Euro Zone was called back thenand even about geopolitical considerations in a nuclear war with the Russians.