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Ian Kershaw
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From one of Britain's most distinguished historians and the bestselling author of Hitler, this is the definitive history of a divided Europe, from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present.Afterthe overwhelming horrors of the first half of the 20th century,described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as having gone 'to Helland back', the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relativeprosperity to most of Europe. Enormous economic improvements transformedthe continent. The catastrophic era of the world wars receded into anever more distant past, though its long shadow continued to shapementalities. Europe was now a divided continent, living underthe nuclear threat in a period intermittently fraught with anxiety.Europeans experienced a 'roller-coaster ride', both in the sense thatthey were flung through a series of events which threatened disaster,but also in that they were no longer in charge of their own destinies:for much of the period the USA and USSR effectively reduced Europeans tohelpless figures whose fates were dictated to them by the Cold War.There were striking successes - the Soviet bloc melted away,dictatorships vanished and Germany was successfully reunited. Butaccelerating globalization brought new fragilities. The impact ofinterlocking crises after 2008 was the clearest warning to Europeansthat there was no guarantee of peace and stability.In thisremarkable book, Ian Kershaw has created a grand panorama of the worldwe live in and where it came from. Drawing on examples from all acrossthe continent, Roller-Coaster will make us all rethink Europe and what it means to be European.

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