Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

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Author Tony Judt
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 is a 2005 book by historian Tony Judt, the former Director of New York University's Erich Maria Remarque Institute. The book examines the history of Europe from the end of World War II in 1945 up to 2005.

The book has won considerable praise for its breadth and comprehensiveness.[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.

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.

See also


  1. "Postwar by Tony Judt". Metacritic. Archived from the original on March 20, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2006. 
  2. Council on Foreign Relations
  • Judt, Tony (2005). Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Penguin Press. ISBN 1-59420-065-3.