Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

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Winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize
"A superb and immensely important book." Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"
""The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years...
The end of World War II in Europe is remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, but the reality was quite different. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed, and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war. The institutions that we now take for granted such as police, media, transport, and local and national government were either entirely absent or compromised. Crime rates soared, economies collapsed, and whole populations hovered on the brink of starvation.. In "Savage Continent," Keith Lowe describes a continent where individual Germans and collaborators were rounded up and summarily executed, where concentration camps were reopened, and violent anti-Semitism was reborn. In some of the monstrous acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands. "Savage Continent" is the story of post war Europe, from the close of the war right to the establishment of an uneasy stability at the end of the 1940s. Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries, "Savage Continent" is the chronicle of a world gone mad, the standard history of post World War II Europe for years to come."

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ISBN-13: 9781250033567
ISBN-10: 125003356X
Pagini: 460
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.44 kg
Editura: Picador USA

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Keith Lowe is widely recognized as a leading authority on the Second World War. He is the author of Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943 and Savage Continent, which was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. He has spoken often on television and radio, both in Britain and the United States, and his books have been translated into 20 languages. He lives in north London with his wife and two children.


Grimly absorbing, conveys the pity of war and its sorry aftermath with integrity and proper sympathy
Moving, measured and provocative
Extraordinary...exceptional...reveals a continent where moral values were often missing and basically lawlessness prevailed for several years
Savage Continent is a powerful and disturbing book, painstakingly researched and written with both authority and an impressive historical sweep
A major new historical talent has arrived... a brilliantly organised and scrupulously objective survey of a continent on the floor
An excellent account...Lowe's vivid descriptions of Europeans scrambling for scraps of food, rampant theft and 'destruction of morals' are a timely reminder that a certain humility is in order when we look at less fortunate continents today.
Impressive and heart-rendering study...Lowe marshals all the elements of the story with cool even-handedness, especially where statistics are concerned, and explains how subsequent generations have manipulated the historical record to suit their own purposes, either to diminish their guilt or demonise others.
Extraordinary, disturbing and powerful ... it is to Lowe's great credit that he resists the temptation to sit in moral judgment ... it is time we acknowledged the hidden realities of perhaps the darkest chapter in all human history
Graphic and chilling. This excellent book paints a little-known and frightening picture of a continent in the embrace of lawlessness and chaos