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Year zero : a history of 1945

Author: Ian Buruma
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
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A history professor describes the events during the year World War II ended, beginning a new era of prosperity in America, rebirth and rebuilding in Europe, and the start of the Cold War era.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Buruma
ISBN: 9781594204364 1594204365
OCLC Number: 829937181
Description: 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Liberation Complex. Exultation ; Hunger ; Revenge. --
Clearing the Rubble. Going home ; Draining the poison ; The rule of law. --
Never Again. Bright confident morning ; Civilizing the brutes ; One world.
Responsibility: Ian Buruma.

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A history professor describes the events during the year World War II ended, beginning a new era of prosperity in America, rebirth and rebuilding in Europe, and the start of the Cold War era.

A global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it. In human terms, the scale of transformation is almost impossible to imagine. Great cities around the world lay in ruins, their populations decimated, displaced, starving. Harsh revenge was meted out on a wide scale, and the ground was laid for much horror to come. At the same time, the euphoria of the liberated was extraordinary. The postwar years gave rise to the European welfare state, the United Nations, decolonization, Japanese pacifism, the European Union, and the Cold War.--From publisher description.

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