The reduction of Europe that is one of the book's recurring themes did not end in the years immediately following 1945. I can say that one advantage to having a paper copy is to make notes. Throughout his monumental work, Judt emphasizes the themes of collective amnesia, remembering, and putting aside and demonstrates that the important civic task of the historian is to make sense of the past for the general public. Ґрунтовний огляд того, як після Другої світової - й у відповідь на неї - поставала Європа і як інституційна одиниця, і як певний набір ідей, що в нас у обігу з нею асоціюється. Nazism was a thoroughly European phenomenon, and in committing the unique crime of the Holocaust it posed questions that have still not been answered.
From the long-playing vinyl record in 1948 to the mid 50s economic boom and the modernist explosion in the arts, literature and theatre. The German people felt betrayed more than defeated. It is my first book on general European history, so I can't really critique the content, except to say I feel like I've been brought a long way. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Well let me come to his defence. No doubt I shall be returning to its component parts for some time to come. He takes on huge subjects and writes about them in a clear way which is accessible to a general audience.
In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. In many ways Postwar is the ultimate starting point for anyone who seeks to enhance their postwar history chops, in other ways Judt provides a perfect condensation of thousands of postwar te I have often referred to this book as a great act of hubris and an uncommon realization of the author's ambition. . Bosnia was the most heterogeneous with Croat, Serb and Muslim populations. Mobile educated prosperous classes in different countries had more in common with each other than with their countrymen. It is interesting to a non European reader like myself because I have always seen America as standing for a concrete set of ideals or an idea you could hold on to, Judt's narrative concludes that neither America nor China could ever end up universal ideas, but Europe -- with its social democracy, its mix of capitalism and welfare, ultimately founded on respect for human rights -- can.
Очевидният отговор е социалдемокрацията, която там е по-скоро начин на живот, отколкото политическа система. Lacking access to an index or the ability to flip back and reread a section to establish a context for what the author is currently discussing, I couldn't get as much out of this as I would have liked. First, these were the times were the foundations of the European Union were put into place. But at least the amnesia and the silence are over. It's like trying to review the sun. Judt cannot be an objective observer as this is so close to his own reality, and the question of what this means to his history shall be explored in this review. He helped promote the migration of British Jews to Israel.
Professor Judt is the author of Ill Fares the Land, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, and Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, which was one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2005, the winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It is a profoundly sympathetic document. Left leaning parties from Communist to Christian Democratic vied for power. These questions were evaded at the end of the Second World War and they remain unresolved today. Germany and Europe were profoundly changed. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity.
He might have fiddled around with pseudo-geopolitics, asking what it does to people to inhabit a space with no definable eastern edge, like living in a counter-Euclidian square with three sides. Highly recommended and absolutely lives up to its appraisal. Or, they could go in a different direction. Needing America yet resisting America—this would become Europe's seemingly permanent modus operandi. Without constant reminders of this catastrophe—a European civil war that began in 1914 and whose political aftereffects did not disappear until 1991, if then—we risk falling into the same errors that tore the continent apart one hundred years ago.
More striking still is the relatively slight attention he gives to individual personalities. There are lots of points were I disagree with Judt's opinion say on the film Heimat or on his coverage - it feels as though he pulls his punch over terrorism in Italy when the involvement of senior government and party figures is relegated to a footnote and the fact that Andreotti, seven times prime minister of Italy during the period actually went through a series of trials accused of intimate involvement with the mafia and political violence. War and Greed 5 of 6 people found this review helpful A stunning piece of synthesis I was looking for a book that explained the war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and thought I might as well get the rest of Europe and 1945-2005 thrown in for the same price, as it were. The alliance's former game plan of ever-deepening political union among member states probably lies in ruins, now that France and the Netherlands resoundingly rejected its proposed constitution this summer. I have never lost that sense. Judt fancies himself as a cinephile, but only explores the usual suspects of auteurist European cinema, failing to explore popular culture or reception anywhere aside from France and his native England as much more than a statistic. Absent Gorbachev it is hard to envisage the events of the 1980s.
On the day Hitler died, just 10 percent of Germany's railways were functioning; a year later, over 90 percent were up and running. Is Europe the regional embodiment of a universal ideal, or are its defining values somehow distinctive? In the new Terrorhaza which Judt visited in Budapest, the murder of 600,000 Jews under Hungarian Fascism is overshadowed by the space given to the sufferings of the nation under Communism. I would also have to rank the Polish pope, but below Gorbachev. Много от сегашните вълнения в България, а и по целия континент вече са виждани от по-старте поколения европейци — обезлюдяването на селата, урбаницазията, все по-забързаното темпо на живот, инфлацията, емиграцията, замърсяването, консумеризмът, възраждането на национализма, жалбите за изчезващите местни обичаи, култура и идентичност и т. Second, I learned a lot about how to put 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 1960s. And it was America's troops and the threat of its nuclear weapons that helped to keep the overwhelmingly bigger conventional forces of the Warsaw Pact countries at bay, until the Soviet empire's long-suffering subjects realized they had nothing to lose but their chains, and Communism safely and spectacularly self-destructed in 1988-89. This book is an important one for a non-historian, but a European, like myself, because it fills in many of the important gaps, the 'whys and wherefors' of how we have come to be who we are.
Намирам и отговор на въпроса защо все пак комунизмът се е сринал след толкова години на терор, на безумна икономическа политика, на некадърност, корупция и цинизъм. The euro provided a common currency and English became the common language for the mobile elite. Ethnic tensions are exacerbated by the threat of radical Islam. I think there was probably only one really dangerous moment in the Cold War, and that was of course Cuba. Intra-European migration and aggressive urbanisation in France and Lithuania through ahistorical, uninspiring architecture targeted solely to meeting demographic pressures, with its notoriously known ugly results. Do you believe America, not the Soviet Union, presented a more insidious long-term challenge to Europe? But it seems like marginal notes are used pretty much randomly and without any logic by Mr Judt.
The age of Beckett, Brecht, Pinter, the young Peter Brook and the French nouvelle vague later on; Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and François Truffaut. Hungary's inflation, to pick the worst example, was obscene. Judt does not talk down to these imagined young people; he talks up to them, and the effect is bracing. His three focal points are economic, political, and cultural history, with his attention and skill handling each coming in the same order. The most evident example of this is in his history of the Cold War history, a clearly Western account influenced by the context in which he lived. I'd prefer a change in tone and audio quality rather than have him butcher every name of Slavic origin, so cheers for caring enough to try to get it right. Nothing like that post-war, I did not know that, even in the fifties and sixties, the German government acted to stop the prosecution of known nazis or that a third of Germans had favorable views of Hitler of course, that's very different now! In Eastern Europe it was much more simply a consequence of the imposition of a new regime under the communists which not only made it impossible to look straight at what had happened before the communists, but imposed a whole new level of things for people to remember and feel bad about afterward.