Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II (2012) Keith Lowe

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War IITremendous amount of new research and critical analysis of the “end of the war” post April 1945. Hardly. Very good insight to the diplomatic play of the Big Three, in Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam, making the peace and drawing the big lines and directions of a new world… meanwhile things not so clear on the ground. Recreating Poland and the Ukraine, forced movement of ethnic Germans from every where to Germany. Revenge killing, horrors continue. Continuation of the war time scene rendered so vividly by Timothy Snyder in _Bloodlands_ Great treatment of how in Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere the War could not be understood, nor could a just peace be maintained , if meaning of the conflict was as simple as Good Allies against Evil Nazis… in much of Europe the war meant that, but was also a domestic war between fascists and partisans, a social revolution, religious, ethnic, and class war too. Ian Buruma new book _Year Zero_ covers 1945 globally, will have a look soon.

 

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