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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Lowe Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 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 toward 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • Authoritative but never dry, stripping away soothing myths of national unity and victimhood, this is a painful but necessary historical task superbly done. Kirkus Starred Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by B Kevin | 2/1/2014

    " Most histories of WWII end with Germany's surrender. That is where this picks up. At times, the descriptions of the brutality and chaos (and it wasn't just the Russians) is at times difficult to get through, but this is a must for anyone interested in how modern Europe came to be. Also, if you think nation building is wasy, because we did in in Europe. Read this. Massive resettlement (today we call it ethnic cleansing) of populations. People who thought nation building in Afganistan or Iraq would be easy should have read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 1/31/2014

    " It takes a little time to read this book. I repeatedly had to close this book just to sit and think about what I had just read. My view of Europe in the 20TH century has changed. Well written, informative, fascinating, disturbing and horrifying. Don't miss this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David O'Neill | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting read on Post-World War II Europe. Plenty of information that I didn't know, given the simplistic way it's portrayed in general. A great book to read if you've read Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 1/24/2014

    " The decade after World War II has been neglected by historians. This work opens a chapter on a period of history fraught with turmoil and change that drastically changed the map of Europe. You can learn much about the current state of European affairs by reading this very informative book. For those of you who want to know more about the troubled history of the Balkans or the tempestuous relations between Poland, Germany and Russia, this is your book. I highly recommend it. "

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