Savage Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

ISBN-10: 125003356X

ISBN-13: 9781250033567

Edition: 2012

Authors: Keith Lowe

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The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years... The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the twentieth century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had beenkilled 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 Savage Continent, Keith Lowe describes a continent still racked by violence, where large sections of the population had yet to accept that the war was over. Individuals, communities and sometimes whole nations sought vengeance for the wrongs that had been done to them during the war. Germans and collaborators everywhere were rounded up, tormented and summarily executed. Concentration camps were reopened and filled with new victims who were tortured and starved. Violent anti-Semitism was reborn, sparking murders and new pogroms across Europe. Massacres were an integral part of the chaos and in some places - particularly Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland, as well as parts of Italy and France - they led to brutal civil wars. In some of the greatest acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands, often with the implicit blessing of the Allied authorities. Savage Continent is the story of post WWII Europe, in all its ugly detail, from the end of the war right up until the establishment of an uneasy stability across Europe towards the end of the 1940s. Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries, Savage Continent is a frightening and thrilling chronicle of a world gone mad, the standard history of post WWII Europe for years to come.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 7/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Keith Lowe was born in London in 1970. After travelling around the world for several years, he studies English Literature at Manchester University. He now works as a nonfiction editor in a UK publishing house.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction
Note on Place Names
The Legacy of War
Physical Destruction
Absence
Displacement
Famine
Moral Destruction
Hope
Landscape of Chaos
Vengeance
The Thirst for Blood
The Camps Liberated
Vengeance Restrained: Slave Labourers
German Prisoners of War
Vengeance Unrestrained: Eastern Europe
The Enemy Within
Revenge on Women and Children
The Purpose of Vengeance
Ethnic Cleansing
Wartime Choices
The Jewish Flight
The Ethnic Cleansing of Ukraine and Poland
The Expulsion of the Germans
Europe in Microcosm: Yugoslavia
Western Tolerance, Eastern Intolerance
Civil War
Wars within Wars
Political Violence in France and Italy
The Greek Civil War
Cuckoo in the Nest: Communism in Romania
The Subjugation of Eastern Europe
The Resistance of the 'Forest Brothers'
The Cold War Mirror
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Sources
Notes
Index
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