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For the 2006 M. Ward album, see Post-War. For the 2005 Tony Judt book, see Postwar (book).
A French family returns to their village, Buron, northwest of Caen, which was completely destroyed during fighting, July 18, 1944

A post-war period or postwar period is the interval immediately following the ending of a war and enduring [need a word here], with no resumption of the war. A post-war period can become an interwar period or interbellum, when a war between the same parties resumes at a later date (e.g. the period between World War I and World War II). By contrast, a post-war period marks the cessation of conflict entirely.

In Western usage, the post-war era or postwar era (sometimes capitalized) is the period of time since the end of World War II, although many nations involved in the Second World War have been involved in multiple wars later.

Year spans of the post-World War II era[edit]

The term "post-war" can have for different countries a time period of varying length that is based on some type of effect of the war in that country.

In some British usage, "post-war" refers to the period from the election of Clement Attlee in 1945 to that of Margaret Thatcher in 1979,[1] a period of so-called postwar political consensus, while it may also refer to a shorter period, ending in 1960 or shortly after and corresponding to the 1950s era.[2][3]

Cold war era[edit]

Considering the post-war era as equivalent to the Cold War era, the post-war era is sometimes seen as including the 1980s, putting the end at 1990, which is the year that the last ice between the West and the Marxist world thawed.[4][5] However, the 1990s are almost never considered part of the post-war era.

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