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Out of the ashes: Europe’s rebirth after the Second World War, 1945-1949

Events • Lecture

The end of the First World War produced turmoil and upheaval in Europe which culminated in a second conflagration twenty years later. The end of the Second World War – massively more destructive even than the First – led in contrast to unprecedented peace, stability and prosperity in Europe. How is this to be explained? This lecture explores the conditions in Europe between 1945 and 1949 in the attempt to find some answers.

Speaker:
Professor Sir Ian Kershaw FBA

Ian Kershaw
 was, until 2008, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Hitler and most recently The End: Germany, 1944-45. He is currently working on a 2-volume history of Europe in the 20th Century for the Penguin History of Europe series.

Chaired by Professor Sir Richard J Evans FBA, University of Cambridge.


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This lecture explores the conditions in Europe between 1945 and 1949 in the attempt to find why the end of WW2 – massively more destructive even than the First – led in contrast to unprecedented peace, stability and prosperity in Europe.

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