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

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

By Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Book Description

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
  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
    • Acknowledgements
    • Introduction
      • 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
    • Conclusion
      • Philip Nord
    • Contributors to this Volume
    • Bibliography
    • Index
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