1946 With The End Of The Second World War, A New World Was Born The Peace Agreements That Brought The Conflict To An End Implemented Decisions That Not Only Shaped The Second Half Of The Twentieth Century, But Continue To Affect Our World Today And Impact On Its Future In 1946 The Cold War Began, The State Of Israel Was Conceived, The Independence Of India Was All But Confirmed And Chinese Communists Gained A Decisive Upper Hand In Their Fight For Power It Was A Pivotal Year In Modern History In Which Countries Were Reborn And Created, National And Ideological Boundaries Were Redrawn And People Across The Globe Began To Rebuild Their Lives.In This Remarkable History, The Foreign Correspondent And Historian Victor Sebestyen Draws On Contemporary Documents From Around The World Including Stalin S Briefing Notes For The Potsdam Peace Conference To Examine What Lay Behind The Political Decision Making Sebestyen Uses A Vast Array Of Archival Material And Personal Testimonies To Explore How The Lives Of Generations Of People Across Continents Were Shaped By The Events Of 1946 Taking Readers From Berlin To London, From Paris To Moscow, From Washington To Jerusalem And From Delhi To Shanghai, This Is A Vivid And Wide Ranging Account Of Both Powerbrokers And Ordinary Men And Women From An Acclaimed Author. I don t often become completely engrossed in a book of straight history, usually I read historical biographies to get a sense of the past, but this book was hard to put down With its detailed and in depth account of events in the year following WWII, focusing on the causes and early stages of the Cold War, 1946 The Making of the Modern World has the most fascinating account of the mid to late twentieth century that I ve read anywhere Developments are presented chronologically, starting with an early dispute between the US and the Soviets over oil fields in Iran, but because the background and future impact of each event is included this book is much than a glorified timeline of how WWII allies very quickly became enemies once the war was over.Thoroughly researched, the book is highly readable and written with insight and clarity Its scope goes well beyond Europe and Japan, also including India s struggles toward independence, France s attempts to reassert itself in Indochina, the contentious and difficult formations of Israel and Pakistan, colonialism s dying gasps, and China s simultaneously occurring communist revolution and war with Japan one of the many things I learned is that 25% of WWII s fatalities were in China, than any other country except the USSR Some of the m
Because of the way we structure history within the framework of specific dates, there s a tendency to see them as separate periods, as a series of singular, completely self contained narratives with a beginning, middle, and end The Second World War might well be generally defined as commencing on 1st September 1939 with the German invasion of Poland and finishing with the armistice in 1945, but the conflicts which brought about war started well before and the incredible destruction had multifaceted effects in the immediate aftermath and long afterwards, right up to today Imagine a fictional story of a global war, with massive social, political, and economic change, and almost unimaginable numbers of dead, abruptly ending right after most of the arms were put down it s quite clear that the story doesn t end there Here, Victor Sebestyen addresses that what happened next question with real verve and a wealth of fascinating detail, including areas such as India, newly created Pakistan, the Middle East, China, and Japan which are frequently overlooked.The book progresses through the year switching focus between the various players, looking at both the local situation and the wider links or implications So the reader gets, for instance, some discussion of S
excellent stuff about the year of the title and how the contemporary world started getting its shape if 1945 was year zero there is another very good book with that title by I Buruma which makes a great companion to this one , thi
The post war world was not a tapestry so much as a tangled knot of yarn Untangling the mess was the job of the victorious powers after that bloodiest war in history to date Sorting out things among the rubble was going to be nearly as ugly as the war itself The US had the least damage of all the combatants in the war and became a powerhouse of the world in terms of power and resources Other countries came out of the war shattered and despondent For Eastern Europe one form of tyranny was traded for another as Central Europe experienced what liberation by the So
1946 The Making of the Modern World gives all of us baby boomers an introduction to the world we were born into Author Victor Sebestyen provides 32 vignettes of post WW2 events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century Sebestyen provides some details that my high school history books circa early 1960 s left out The division of India into two countries The rise of New York City as a world metropolis What happened to the Nazi s after the end of the European conflict Who was responsible for the atrocities in Europe How the dying continued after the war The political background of the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine The debate about making the atomic bombs accessible to all world powers as a means of preventing the next war The role of France in the war and in the post war recovery While Sebestyen s journalistic style makes the book high accessible to
Victor Sebestyen wurde in Ungarn geboren, stammt damit von der anderen Seite des Eisernen Vorhangs und berichtete f r englischsprachige Leser haupts chlich aus Osteuropa F r den Autor eines popul ren historischen Sachbuchs ist das eine viel versprechende Ausgangsposition, die sich u a mit den Wurzeln des Autors befassen k nnte Sebestyen erz hlt vom ersten Nachkriegsjahr 1946, in dem er markante Pers nlichkeiten und deren Entscheidungen darstellt und Beziehungen zwischen Staaten aufrollt, ber die man zum Verst ndnis heutiger Konflikte informiert sein sollte Zur Verarbeitung der F lle von Namen und Bez gen im Kopf des Lesers halte ich das f r einen sehr wirksamen Ansatz.Politik und Geschichte der Nachkriegszeit betreffend, z hle ich zu den wei en Jahrg ngen , die im Geschichtsunterricht haupts chlich Jahreszahlen paukten In einem Sch lerleben konnten sie mehrfach erleben, dass die Nachkriegszeit zwar formal im Geschichtsbuch enthalten war, r tselhafterweise aber jedes Mal das Schuljahr zu kurz war, um dieses Kapitel durchzunehmen In den Jahren 1975 oder 1985 h tte ich mich f r Sebestyens Stoff vehementer interessiert als heute, um seine Darst
A decent survey of the the year 1946 movements towards Indian Independence and Partition the bombing of the King David Hotel by the Irgun problems with too quick de nazification since everyone who was qualified was a Nazi led to a lot of mining disasters The heating up of the Cold
This book argues that 1946 was the major turning point that led to the creation of the world we know today or at least, that of the early 2000s There s plenty of material presented about important things that happened in that year, but like any of these find the turning point type of books, I m just not sure how useful they are Identifying turning points is a fun bar room activity, but you could just as easily write a book just like this for 1945, or 1947, or 1949, or 1950, or 1953, or 1968, any other year you want to pick.So what the book amounts to then is a series of short vignettes of key world events that happened in 1946, mostly taken from a handful of the secondary literature on each topic All of the topics are usually top down narrative histories of international diplomacy, politics, legal issues, or military engagements And they re mostly fine Some connections are drawn between them, but not as much as I might have expected.As introductions to each of the topics covered, the chapters do a good job of setting the scene for what was going on in international relations at that time, from several different perspectives A few themes emerge, the largest of which was ju
A surprisingly wide ranging book for having such a narrow temporal scope, it does an excellent job of tying together the worldwide threads in the immediate aftermath of the war There was quite a lot in this book that I wasn
While my high school textbooks had a lot to say about World War II, I remember nothing in them about the immediate post war period, especially in the European countries that were most devastated by the carnage, in contrast to the United States, which thrived after the war Victor Sebestyen s book has filled in these gaps in my knowledge.The author analyzes the decisions and actions taken in the year 1946 and how they shaped what he considers the modern world This book takes a global view that the whole world was transformed after the Second World War, profoundly, it can be argued, than after the First, Mr Sebestyen s says in his introduction From 1945 the remaining old European empires, such as the British, were no longer sustainable Imperialism was no longer dynastic but ideological loyalty was demanded less to a king or emperor than to an idea, say Marxism Leninism Much of what the author has to say concerns the rise of the Soviet Union to the position of world power A war that had been fought to prevent Germany dominating and despoiling Europe ended with the danger that the USSR would take Germany s place, he

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • 1946
  • Victor Sebestyen
  • English
  • 12 December 2018
  • 9780230758001