Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize A superb and immensely important book Jonathan Yardley, The Washington PostThe Second World War might have officially ended in May , but in reality it rumbled on for another ten yearsThe 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 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 s 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



10 thoughts on “Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

  1. says:

    A Tale Unfolds Keith Lowe s Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II is an important book Yes, yes, I know you ve heard it all before, the special pleading on behalf of some new publication or other, but believe me, it is Actually, no, don t believe me don t take my word for it read it and find out for yourself If you think that the Second World W


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    This is the third in my series of great books on World War Two First, Max Hastings in All Hell Let Loose gives the whole story, and brilliantly simplifies it too He explains, and I m convinced, that WW2 was essentially between Germany and the USSR, or between Hitler and Stalin if you wish Everything else was a side show He goes further the result was never in doubt If


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    A Polish partisan page 218, my bookThe Ukrainians in turn took their revenge by destroying a village of 500 Poles and torturing and killing all who fell in their hands We responded by destroying two of their larger villages This was how the fighting escalated Each timepeople were killed,houses burnt,women raped Men become desensitised very quickly and kill as if they know


  4. says:

    The war was over..hooray and let s celebrate Of course, that was not the case at all but historians often give short shrift to the horrors of the years in Europe immediately following WWII The end of that conflagration only initiated the start of othersdisplaced persons, prisoners, war crimes, nationalism giving way to violence, continued ethnic cleansing ,the rise of Communism


  5. says:

    A Goodreads friend of mine recently asked why I ve been reading and reviewing so many history books of late I told him I like history Then why don t you write history books he asked, rather than coming of age novels obsessed with, as one reviewer discovered, sucking dick Once upon a time, I did want to be a historian As a kid, I inhaled history I knew about events and places at an a


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    Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe is an excellent book and a ground breaking study of the years that followed the Second World War.I have read a lot of books about the war and the concentrations camps and the violence and atrocities that took place in Europe at this time.I had never actually read a book about the aftermath of the war although I had of


  7. says:

    This book is a revelation, as other reviewers have pointed out, for those of us whose view of history was that WWII led to the Cold War, and events in between didn t matter much because we knew what happened in the end I at least learned that I knew nothing Ignoring the forced cultural shifts and anarchy that occurred after WWII is to ignore the underpinnings of most of the Euro centric confl


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    This is a stunning portrait of the continent wide upheaval that followed World War II The cover itself is vastly different from the American post war images of cheering crowds and ticker tape parades The average European soldier, prisoner of war, or concentration camp survivor did not go home to a GI Bill, a booming economy, or even a welcome Going home probably meant a new internment in a former


  9. says:

    144k words, 4h Nonfiction European history by Keith Lowe Savage Continent is a fascinating book on the bloody aftermath of WWII as the destruction wound down, the lingering consequences of anarchy worked themselves out in the sudden peace, and people tried to find a new equilibrium, punishing collaborators and finishing the ethnic cleansings Quickly summarized on NPR I was used to seeing these wonderfu


  10. says:

    I found this a very difficult book to read, not because it was harrowing as some reviewers have described it for me there was nothing new here, just lots of facts and information that filled out the bones a littleI found this book difficult because it is so dry I believe this book is really aimed at an insular English speaking audience for whom the Second World War in Europe ended in May 1945 Europeans, and


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