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Savage continent :

Lowe, Keith.

Savage continent : Europe in the aftermath of World War II / Keith Lowe. - London : Viking, 2012. - xx, 460 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

Formerly CIP.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Machine generated contents note: pt. I The Legacy of War -- 1.Physical Destruction -- 2.Absence -- 3.Displacement -- 4.Famine -- 5.Moral Destruction -- 6.Hope -- 7.Landscape of Chaos -- pt. II Vengeance -- 8.The Thirst for Blood -- 9.The Camps Liberated -- 10.Vengeance Restrained: Slave Labourers -- 11.German Prisoners of War -- 12.Vengeance Unrestrained: Eastern Europe -- 13.The Enemy Within -- 14.Revenge on Women and Children -- 15.The Purpose of Vengeance -- pt. III Ethnic Cleansing -- 16.Wartime Choices -- 17.The Jewish Flight -- 18.The Ethnic Cleansing of Ukraine and Poland -- 19.The Expulsion of the Germans -- 20.Europe in Microcosm: Yugoslavia -- 21.Western Tolerance, Eastern Intolerance -- pt. IV Civil War -- 22.Wars within Wars -- 23.Political Violence in France and Italy -- 24.The Greek Civil War -- 25.Cuckoo in the Nest: Communism in Romania -- 26.The Subjugation of Eastern Europe -- 27.The Resistance of the `Forest Brothers' -- 28.The Cold War Mirror.

The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another 10 years ...Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than 35 million people had been killed in the war. The institutions that we now take for granted - such as the police, the media, transport, local and national government - were either entirely absent or hopelessly compromised. Crime rates were soaring, economies collapsing, and the European population was hovering on the brink of starvation. In this epic book, Keith Lowe describes a continent still racked by violence, where large sections of the population had yet to accept that the war was over. He outlines the warped morality and the insatiable urge for vengeance that were the legacy of the conflict. He describes the ethnic cleansing and civil wars that tore apart the lives of ordinary people from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean, and the establishment of a new world order that finally brought stability to a shattered generation.


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015991114 Uk

Reconstruction (1939-1951)--Europe.


D825 / .L694 2012

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