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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One of my favorite sections about the West is the presentation of the intellectuals in s, which emphasizes those intellectuals close to the Communist parties in France and Italy.

Out of the unfathomable death and destruction of these episodes an entirely new Europe was created, more homogenous, more cautious and more placid. Ill equipped to govern resistance groups were soon replaced by poostguerra left wing parties, the only ones with remaining credibility. I will mention a few. Judt jud a lot of time on politics in various European countries both east and west and economic and cultural movements as well. At the same time Judt is not at all dogmatic or polemical; and you feel you are standing back far toyn to get a clear sense of why events developed the way they did.

On sale at Audible, I knew that at 45 hours I would need some dedicated listening time to work my way thru this book.

And though multifarious, all of these pieces come together to form an astounding story: Reading Postwar is like entering a fast-flowing river, experiencing the torrent of events as they occurred, but sped up so that 60 years pass in just a few weeks it did take me a couple of months to read, on and off.

I have read some of his essays over the years, however, and they always struck me as pragmatic and apolitical. 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.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

The hony Soviet putdown of the Hungarian revolt forever changed perceptions of Soviet communism further alienating the general population in East Posttuerra and bringing a final precipitous decline in party memberships in the West. Section three, coveringtracks the movement through the economic discontents of the s, the transition from the ideologies of social democracy to those of neo-liberalism which took different but related forms in England, France, and Germanyand, of course, the unexpected collapse of the Soviet Empire.

Second, I learned a lot about how to postguuerra together a massive amount of information in a clear manner, something that’s very much on my mind as I edge closer to setting pen to page or pixel to screen on a large project about the s. He’s also excellent on the changing importance of languages and the emergence of English as the shared language of 21st century Europe.


All of that and I learned a bunch of new words autarkic!

Postwar: A History of Europe Since by Tony Judt

Housing likewise had suffered wholesale destruction. The mosaic of Europe, part 1 chronological patterns.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. Judt does not spare any parties for their crimes, including the many unaccounted for crimes of the Holocaust some history, he says, however, needs to be “forgotten” for governing in the future to be possiblebut he also writes with profound empathy for the continent and its people. The leninist reformer Mikhail Gorbachevthe relaxation of censorship and the emergence of Perestroika, which led to the end of Communism postguerar within.

Each of the chapters in part 1, for example, follows a theme through the post-war period, moving incrementally forward in time from chapter to chapter, but allowing for movement back to the beginning of the period when it helps clarify the otny theme. The author’s disappointment is palpable at the manner in which these fledgling Eastern democracies were treated by their Western cousins, who abandoned the American wisdom in the aftermath of the Second World War in favor of the misguided approach of the First: The German people felt betrayed more than defeated.

The communist countries continued to stagnate. It seems to touch on so many things; it delivers the events, yes, but more interestingly it jumps from political commentary to economics to aesthetic and social theory to intellectual history.

That’s exactly where a good editor tpny intervene by double-checking their figures. I was born in and lived through everything that Tony Judt writes about in Postwar: But this is admittedly my own prejudice speaking.

Russia itself is not dealt with unsympathetically however. Needing Jud yet resisting America—this postgueerra become Europe’s seemingly permanent modus operandi. 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 postguegra of French soil. In the Epilogue which for me was one of the most important and emotional chapters, Judt sums up the essential meaning and lesson to be learned after WW2 — the defining event that lead to everything else – and that is atonement for and real tiny of the consequences of the Holocaust.

If Postwar has one takeaway message, it is this: A history of Europe from up toreadable, interesting and puts a lot in context. It merely continued using “other weapons” until Communism came unglued around and not because Reagan had outspent the Russians in the arms race, as our more dim politicos insisted and Europe became a bright tomy economic island because, for once, its countries did not try to savage each other with some exceptions, such as Yugoslavia and the Balkans.


Taking up immediately after the end of World War II, the book takes an astonishingly broad view of the post-war world, and though it focuses generally on the struggle between the Soviet satellites and tny western world, postgusrra specifically on Eur There are very few books that deserve the kind of reputation that “Postwar” has, but this one is considered a masterpiece for a reason. Return to Book Page. Stalin considered attacking Yugoslavia. The boring left-right-center coalition governance many of us resent today was in large part a conscious creation; not a scam to deprive people unjustly of broader options.

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. In addition, he’s excellent on regional differences within particular states or clusters, arguing that, especially in recent years, the difference between the northern and southern regions in Italy, or the eastern and western regions in Germany, are almost as important as the differences between nations.

The growing Muslim community became restless and drew heated right opstguerra reaction Fast-forwarding to the present one can only hope that Europe can deal with the new ethnic diversity better than it has in the past. Part 4, inevitably not as clear as the first three present tense history’s more or less impossible to posrguerra 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 any sort of traditional nation state–and the otny challenges posed by changing demographics, especially the presence of a large and growing Muslim community.

As someone who grew up in Singapore, it also contextualises for hony the local politics — Singapore’s independence in — and the emphasis as written in our national pledge, at least on a neutrality of race and religion.