From Wikipedia: “Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 is a 2005 book by historian Tony Judt (…). The book examines the history of Europe from the end of World War II in 1945 up to 2005.

The book has won considerable praise for its breadth and comprehensiveness. The New York Times Book Review listed it as one of the ten best books of 2005. It won the 2006 Arthur Ross Book Award for the best book published on international affairs.

As is made clear in the introduction, the author makes no attempt to expound any grand theory or “overarching theme” for contemporary European history, aiming to avoid narrative fallacies by plainly retelling the entire scope of European history in that period, to let what themes do exist become self-apparent.

Postwar is arguably the best book on Europe after the Second World War, an amazing work by an amazing man, covering almost 60 years of a period of tremendous changes. This work is not only incredible by the size of the coverage, from East European countries to Western ones, but by the precision of details and sharp insights in every regards, from social changes, to geopolitical shifts and economic development. What’s more, it is written in a very fluid manner, akin to a deep and dense historical thriller which will take your breath away.

Going from one country to another, revealing its most complex inner political mechanisms and most obvious national traits, Tony Judt delivers a consistent, high quality history of the last 60 years. The most important events are covered with penetrating cleverness and undeniable mastery, from the immediate geopolitical imperatives after WWII, the East/West relations and calculations, the (almost non-existent) involvement of the US in the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the consequences of the German reunification and its impact on the creation of the the European Union, you will yourself asking for it to never finish.


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