Seeking Peace in the Wake of War. Europe, 1943-1947
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Seeking Peace in the Wake of War. Europe, 1943-1947

When the Second World War ended, Europe was in ruins. Yet, politically and socially, the years between 1943 and 1947 were a time of dramatic reconfigurations, which proved to be foundational for the making of today's Europe. This volume hones in on the crucial period from the beginning of the end of Nazi rule in Europe to the advent of the Cold War. Through a series of interrelated case studies that span the entire continent, it demonstrates how the everyday experiences of Europeans during these five years shaped the transition of their societies from war to peace. The authors explore these reconfigurations on different scales and levels -the local and regional, the ethnic and national, and the international - with the purpose of enhancing our understanding of how wars end.

Table of Contents
Seeking Peace in the Wake of War: Europe, 1943-1947
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Sandrine Kott, Peter Romijn and Olivier Wieviorka
1 – In the Wake of War
The ‘War Syndrome’
World War II and Polish Society
Marcin Zaremba
Germans into Allies
Writing a Diary in 1945
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Two Paths to the Same End?
The Challenges of the Liberation in France and Italy
Gabriella Gribaudi, Olivier Wieviorka and Julie Le Gac
‘Liberators and Patriots’
Military Interim Rule and the Politics of Transition in the Netherlands, 1944-1945
Peter Romijn
2 – Reordering Communities
The Latvian Orphans Released from the Siberian Special Settlements (1946-1947)
The Story of an Unusual Rescue in the Post-War USSR
Juliette Denis
Migration and Cleansing
Building a New Society in the Czech Borderlands after 1945*
Matěj Spurný
To Stay or to Go?
Reconfigurations of Jewish Life in Post-War Poland, 1944-1947
Audrey Kichelewski
Fighters Like No Others
The Soviet Partisans in the Wake of War
Masha Cerovic
3 – Organizing the Peace
How the Soviet Empire Relied on Diversity
Territorial Expansion and National Borders at the End of World War II in Ruthenia
Sabine Dullin
Social Security and the End of the Second World War in France, the Netherlands and Belgium
Social Peace, Organizational Power and the State
Dirk Luyten
The Politics of Reconstruction
Foreign Aid and State Authority in Greece, 1945-1947
Polymeris Voglis
Organizing World Peace
The International Labour Organisation from the Second World War to the Cold War
Sandrine Kott
Philip Nord
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