Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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Postwar: A History of Europe
Since 1945
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Cover of 1st edition
AuthorTony Judt
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherPenguin Press
Publication date
6 October 2005
Media typePrint
Pages878 (1st ed.)

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 is a 2005 non-fiction book written by British historian and scholar Tony Judt who specialised in European history. The book examines six decades of European history from the end of World War II in 1945 up to 2005.

The book won considerable praise for its breadth and comprehensive approach.[1] The New York Times Book Review listed it as one of the ten best books of 2005. It won the 2006 Arthur Ross Book Award for the best book published on international affairs,[2] and was shortlisted for the 2006 Samuel Johnson Prize. It also won the 2008 European Book Prize.

As is made clear in the introduction, the author makes no attempt to expound any grand theory or "overarching theme" for contemporary European history, aiming to avoid narrative fallacies by plainly retelling the entire scope of European history in that period, to let what themes do exist become self-apparent.

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  1. ^ "Postwar by Tony Judt". Metacritic. Archived from the original on March 20, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Council on Foreign Relations