Savage Continent

Savage Continent

Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Book - 2012 | 1st U.S. ed
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Recounts the disorder in Europe after World War II, describing the brutal acts against Germans and collaborators, the anti-Semitic beliefs that reemerged, and the Allied-tolerated expulsions of citizens from their ancestral homelands.
Contents: 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
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Branch Call Number: 940.554 L
Characteristics: xx, 460 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781250000200


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Oct 15, 2013

As a history book this is poorly written. It is mostly a collection of horror stories lumped together by categories. It jumps around in time and place and does not give any sense of the progression of events in any place.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 08, 2013

The rumblings and ripples of war do not end with the signing of an armistice. Europe had years and years of unrest and turmoil before things settled down. This significant book follows the politics, social unrest, history, and economies of Europe as a whole and as individual countries. I know that from now on, things I read, watch and hear about World War II will be from a different perspective.


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