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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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Far-left and far-right politics mixed with the crude dimensions of mass politics had proven itself to be a recipe for disaster.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. View all 11 comments. And not for finding its mistakes.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since by Tony Judt

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. Had Francisco Franco known that Spain had twentyseven billions nine hundred fortysix millions just by that time he would have certainly tried to draw more ambitious plans, even with the few cars Spaniards owned. World War II never really ended: Judt gives a very detailed history of Europe reconstruction out of the ashes of WWII into a prosperous western and an east subdued by the Soviets both sides under the shadow of Superpower politics.

This is the story of Jut since the end of WW2, a seemingly dry topic if ever there was one, so what is it that makes the book so compelling? Preview — Postwar by Tony Judt. View all 4 comments. Ok, I don’t want to keep going at Mr Judt any further.

Jan 11, Murtaza rated it it was amazing Shelves: Maybe there should have been more on Vatican II the treatment of religion is not a strong point and less on CAMRA the UK campaign for real ale, ie traditionally brewed beer, as opposed to Lager style beers and with a book of such ambitious scope you can always question the distribution of space but on the whole – there is a want of a conception demonstrated in this, a big Braudelian vision of the direction of travel over this period, and so one can only wonder what is the historical significance of CAMRA for examplewhat does it tell us about modern Britain, and how does it fit into a history of postwar Europe, and why is it worth mentioning?


Postwar is a masterful presentation; comprehensive and detailed without losing focus. On the contrary, I found him to be especially harder on the Left rather than the Right. Oct 18, Eleni rated it it was amazing. Unable to agree with Russia on the future of Germany, the West began rebuilding their zones in Germany as a bulwark against communism, while the Soviets kept exploiting East Germany.

The impossible task that faced the triumphant allies, as they surveyed the endless wreckage of a continent brought low, is laid out clearly; and while he stresses the admixture of American generosity and commitment with European forbearance and resolve that wrought such transformative changes upon the West, he also illuminates the willful amnesia that was both tacitly encouraged, and required, by the postwar governments in order to bring off this stunning turnaround—a collective disremembering that would surface in future years seeking payback with interest.

A history of Europe from up toreadable, interesting and puts a lot in context.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Judf itself is not dealt with unsympathetically however. Left leaning parties from Communist to Christian Democratic vied for power. At the same time Judt is not at all dogmatic or polemical; and you feel you are standing back far enough to get a clear sense of why events developed the way they did. I will mention a few.

First, the book assembled a whole lot of fragments of information and analysis I’d been carrying around into a coherent picture.


I managed to get through my entire undergraduate and graduate studies in history without having ever read a single book by Tony Judt. Been meaning to read this for years. In part the fear of communism was behind the US plan. Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy.

Tony Judt seems to have been of the same mind, since this book is one very large serving of information, absent of any overarching thesis. In the East the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in permanently ended any hope that they could morph their ttony system into one that allowed freedom. There’s nothing exactly revolutionary about the approach, but Judt has an extremely sure hand at which approach to use in a given situation.


It is never easy to write about one’s own time and the period postgusrra the book is exactly my own time, too. Its inherent implausibility—the sheer difficulty of conceiving of it in calm retrospect—opens the door to diminution and even denial. These, often tied to now-discredited ideas of History as a determinative force, had made possible the descent of an entire continent.

For me they were usually the former. There are lots of po A history of Europe from up toreadable, interesting and puts a lot in context. Judt was a brilliant historian, observer, and synthesizer of complex political movements, and this is his greatest work.

With the death of Stalin and the end of the Korean War inEurope began to stabilize.