Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Category: Book
By (author): Lowe, Keith
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / General
  HISTORY / Europe / Western
  HISTORY / Military / World War II
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: July 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 9.87in x 5.16in x 1.25in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize A superb and immensely important book." - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years… The end of World War II in Europe is remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, but the reality was quite different. 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 police, media, transport, and local and national government - were either entirely absent or compromised. Crime rates soared, economies collapsed, and whole populations hoveredon the brink of starvation.. In Savage Continent , Keith Lowe describes a continent where individual Germans and collaborators were rounded up and summarily executed, where concentration camps were reopened, and violent anti-Semitism was reborn. In some of the monstrous acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands. Savage Continent is the story of post-war Europe, from the close of the war right to the establishment of an uneasy stability at the end of the 1940s. Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries, Savage Continent is the chronicle of a world gone mad, the standard history of post-World War II Europe for years to come. "
Review Quote*"Lowe's work, thoroughly researched and written with scrupulous objectivity, promises to be the year's best book on European history."- Financial Times (London) "Deeply harrowing. Moving, measured and provocative. A compelling picture of a continent physically and morally brutalized by slaughter."- The Sunday Times (London) "Graphic and chilling. This excellent book paints a little-known and frightening picture of a continent in the embrace of lawlessness and chaos."-Ian Kershaw Bestselling author of The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
Biographical NoteKeith Lowe is the author of two novels and the critically acclaimed history Inferno: The Fiery Devastation of Hamburg, 1943 . He is widely recognized as an authority on the Second World War, and has often spoken on TV and radio, both in Britain and the United States. He was an historical consultant and one of the main speakers in the PBS documentary The Bombing of Germany which was also broadcast in Germany. His books have been translated into several languages, and he has also lectured in Britain, Canada and Germany. He lives in North London with his wife and two kids.