Ruin and Renewal

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In 1945, Europe lay in ruins – its cities and towns destroyed by conflict, its economies crippled, its societies ripped apart by war and violence. In the years that followed, Europeans tried to make sense of what had happened – and to forge a new understanding of civilisation that would bring peace and progress to a broken continent. As they wrestled with questions great and small – from the legacy of colonialism to workplace etiquette – institutions and shared ideals emerged which still shape our world today. Drawing on original sources as well as individual stories and voices, this is an authoritative account of how Europe rebuilt itself – and what we, in the 21st century, could lose again.

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‘Excellent … much to ponder’ Financial Times’Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the world of today’ – Margaret MacMillan, author of War: How Conflict Shaped Us’A masterpiece’ David Motadel, author of Revolutionary World1945. Europe lies in ruins – its cities and towns destroyed by conflict, its economies crippled, its societies ripped apart by war and violence. In the wake of the physical devastation came profound moral questions: how could Europe – once proudly confident of its place at the heart of the ‘civilised world’ – have done this to itself? And what did it mean that it had?In the years that followed, Europeans – from politicians to refugees, poets to campaigners, religious leaders to communist revolutionaries – tried to make sense of what had happened, and to forge a new concept of civilisation that would bring peace and progress to a broken continent. As they wrestled with questions great and small – from the legacy of colonialism to workplace etiquette – institutions and shared ideals emerged which still shape our world today. Rich with original sources and individual voices, this is a gripping, authoritative account of how Europe rose from the ashes of the Second World War – and forged itself anew.

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Weight 0.44 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 3.8 cm
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Paperback

Pages

544

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

940.55 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K