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This and the tnoy in Algeria brought down the Fourth Republic in and France went its independent way with De Gaulle leading the new Fifth Republic with a stronger directly elected executive. The era which saw the apogee of the European state; the era when protesting on the streets and being mobilized for a cause was a regular routine. The West misinterpreted his military buildup.

Jun 15, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: Especially during the first period, the disposition of the borders between those three was absolutely central. View all 3 comments. There are very few books that deserve the kind of reputation that “Postwar” has, but this one is considered a masterpiece for a reason.

Postwar is Tony Judt’s grand history of this period, where, as he put it, Europe emerged “blinking” into the aftermath of its near self-destruction. Indeed, Postwar gives a brilliant portrayal of almost every aspect of collective human activity that has had an impact on the old continent; the old continent that managed to pick up the pieces and transform itself from the shattered buffer between Washington and Moscow to a thriving new world; from a haunted graveyard to a land of hope.

I was born in and lived through everything that Tony Judt writes about in Postwar: Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative. The sections I listened to are, of course, very impressive, and cover the s and ‘s, up to the death of Stalin.


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. Judt’s convincing that Gorbachev much more popular in the West than at home was in no sense an historical inevitability–I came out feeling like the events of were much more contingent and in some ways unlikely than I’d previous thought to be the case.

It is in fact, obvious, justified and transparent. On to the cynical punk generationthe Sex Pistols and the replacement of writers and artists by satirists and political comedians as the new intellectual heroes.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Many doctors, bankers, lawyers had been Jews. In this, as in so many things, Stalin proved his own worst enemy—his murderous implementation of Soviet-style communism increasingly diminished the political power of communist parties in the Western half of Europe, ceding the left-wing ground to the various Social Democratic parties that were resolved to work within the confines of elective political systems and capitalist economies.

He’s right, of course, that Paris ’68 was never close to bringing down DeGaulle’s government. On the whole he succeeds.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since by Tony Judt

Well written, informative, thoughtful and maybe as good an attempt at being even handed as I can think of.

Judt’s optimism with regard to Europe’s future is admittingly refreshing in that he entirely dismisses the “Europe in decline” trope that American historians love to assign to the continent. To cover so much in one v Postwar is a masterful presentation; comprehensive and detailed without losing focus. 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.

But the confidence with which Zweig’s generation of Europeans entered the century could never be entirely recaptured: Amidst economic challenges, violent terrorist groups sprouted up across the continent: Americans were concerned with domestic issues and wanted out of Europe. Finally, he is just a great writer, never sententious, and perhaps more impressively given the topic, never tendentious, and his footnotes are on occasion very very funny.


Mar 09, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Prague and Budapest were suddenly cut off from “Europe” and endured a very different postwar history of humiliation, economic immiseration and tyranny.

In that sense, this book is very old oostguerra which is why it serves as a great, general introduction to post-war European history. Postwar is a superb work of history. Left leaning parties from Communist to Christian Democratic vied for power. How does one review a book like this?

Stalin versus the West, but also Stalin versus Tito. With governments gone twice or thrice over and community leaders killed off an entirely new order would have to take hold.

For me they were usually the former. Britain had already figured it out. I started on this book to answer for myself the question, raised from reading Wolfgang Munchau in the FT, of why the EU is more a political construct than a streamlined economic entity.

The plans were kept secret from Washington angering the US which brought financial pressure on Britain to stop, showing who held all the cards. There’s nothing exactly revolutionary about the approach, but Judt has an extremely sure hand at which approach to use in a given situation. Judt provides the tools to put things together, both geographically and chronologically.

Two things in the seventies changed East-West relations. In the East, it was a period of relative stasis interrupted by the challenges to Soviet hegemony in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

The Soviet client states, each facing a similar challenge, each negotiating it in its own way: