Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the 20th century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as being 'to Hell and back', the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of Europe. Enormous economic improvements transformed the continent. The catastrophic era of the world wars receded into an ever more distant past, though i...

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Title:Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017
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  • Daniel1974nlgmail.com

    Perhaps better than Joudt's Post War. According to Kershaw himself, the most beautifull book he ever wrote but arguably also the best book he ever wrote. It should be mandatory reading for every European politician or individual that thinks Europe should be dismantled.

    Though quite a lot of ground to cover in 700 pages, the book is extremely well balances, never rushes a subject and dealt with all the major events in the last 75 years.

    Sometimes his own preferences can be read clearly through th

    Perhaps better than Joudt's Post War. According to Kershaw himself, the most beautifull book he ever wrote but arguably also the best book he ever wrote. It should be mandatory reading for every European politician or individual that thinks Europe should be dismantled.

    Though quite a lot of ground to cover in 700 pages, the book is extremely well balances, never rushes a subject and dealt with all the major events in the last 75 years.

    Sometimes his own preferences can be read clearly through the lines and ovbiously not a fan of the Brexit, Johnson, Putin, Neo-Liberalism or people that activvely seek to disolve the EU, but as he shares this with myself, I did not find it frustrating. Rather do I believe that it is good that an intellectual of his stature speaks out against this.

    Extremely highly recomanded.

  • Riet

    Dit boek verdient alleen al 5 sterren voor de ongelofelijke hoeveelheid werk, die de schrijver er voor heeft verzet. Heel interessant. voor mij vooral de eerste 30 jaar na 1950. Daarna ligt alles nog redelijk in het geheugen. Kershaw geeft nog eens gedetaileerd weer hoe de Europese Unie tot stand is gekomen. Het was allemaal niet vanzelfsprekend. Ook het Oostblok met Rusland komt uitgebreid aan bod. Het boek is helder geschreven, soms wat veel details, maar het is steeds goed leesbaar.

  • Thomas Rotthier

    Vlot geschreven overzicht van de naoorlogse Europese geschiedenis.

    Kershaw is geen specialist in de naoorlogse geschiedenis maar heeft zich er uitgebreid voor ingelezen. Dat maakt zijn prestatie indrukwekkend.

    Ik heb vooral veel bijgeleerd over de grote staatsmannen in Duitsland (Adenauer, Schmidt, Kohl), over de DDR, over de regimes in het Oostblok (Hongarije, Polen, Roemenië), over Joegoslavië onder Tito en de vreselijke oorlogen daarna, over de cruciale rol van Gorbatsjov bij het razendsnelle

    Vlot geschreven overzicht van de naoorlogse Europese geschiedenis.

    Kershaw is geen specialist in de naoorlogse geschiedenis maar heeft zich er uitgebreid voor ingelezen. Dat maakt zijn prestatie indrukwekkend.

    Ik heb vooral veel bijgeleerd over de grote staatsmannen in Duitsland (Adenauer, Schmidt, Kohl), over de DDR, over de regimes in het Oostblok (Hongarije, Polen, Roemenië), over Joegoslavië onder Tito en de vreselijke oorlogen daarna, over de cruciale rol van Gorbatsjov bij het razendsnelle uiteenvallen van de Sovjetunie, de invloed van het neoliberalisme vanaf de jaren '80.

    Kershaw behoudt een neutrale positie, maar blijft desalniettemin betrokken. Het is geen kil boek. In de voetnoten vind je een aantal persoonlijke anekdotes uit zijn eigen leven.

    Het boek is ook een goeie aanzet om verder te lezen over de vele thema's en landen die erin worden besproken.

    Warm aanbevolen.

  • Nick Harriss

    The follow on to his excellent "To Hell and Back". I found the first half less interesting, as it covers much as was covered in "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945" by Tony Judt I read a while a back, but the second half covering the 90s onwards had more content. I am not sure which of the two I prefer - both are recommended, but both are probably overkill unless you are a full blown history nerd like me.

  • Titus Hjelm

    Solid, but somewhat uninspired history in the liberal tradition. Nothing controversial--although on austerity Kershaw is unclear: cuts are bad, but keynesianism doesn't seem to work either--but nothing exciting either. 'Islamic terrorism' gets disproportionate attention considering the indigenous terror during the period, but I guess that is understandable in the age of Daily Mail. What also bothered me was that there was no introduction that set out the perspective, such as the one Richard Evan

    Solid, but somewhat uninspired history in the liberal tradition. Nothing controversial--although on austerity Kershaw is unclear: cuts are bad, but keynesianism doesn't seem to work either--but nothing exciting either. 'Islamic terrorism' gets disproportionate attention considering the indigenous terror during the period, but I guess that is understandable in the age of Daily Mail. What also bothered me was that there was no introduction that set out the perspective, such as the one Richard Evans has in his book in this series. For a much more interesting take on the period, try Tony Judt's Postwar.

  • Dan

    A general history needs some way to put its own spin on familiar facts. Kershaw doesn't manage that. Everything feels like it could have come straight from the newspaper headlines, with occasional (and un-insightful) interjections from the op-ed pages.

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