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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 end of a 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,[citation needed] although many nations involved in the Second World War have been involved in wars since.


Chronology of the post-World War II era[edit]

The term "post-war" can have different meanings in different countries and refer to a period determined by local considerations based on the effect of the war there. In Britain, "post-war" refers to the period from the election of Clement Attlee in 1945 to that of Margaret Thatcher in 1979, a period of so-called post-war consensus, while it may also refer to a shorter period, ending in 1960 or shortly after and corresponding to the 1950s era.[1][2][3]

Cold war era[edit]

Considering the post-war era as equivalent to the Cold War era, post-war sometimes includes the 1980s, putting the end at 1990, when the USSR collapsed.[4][5] The 1990s are rarely considered to be part of the post-war era.

See also[edit]