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Savage Continent - Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

Keith Lowe

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Genres:

History

Description:

The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years... The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the twentieth century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war. The institutions that we now take for granted-such as the police, the media, transport, local and national government-were either entirely absent or hopelessly compromised. Crime rates were soaring, economies collapsing, and the European population was hovering on the brink of starvation. In Savage Continent, Keith Lowe describes a continent still racked by violence, where large sections of the population had yet to accept that the war was over. Individuals, communities and sometimes whole nations sought vengeance for the wrongs that had been done to them during the war. Germans and collaborators everywhere were rounded up, tormented and summarily executed. Concentration camps were reopened and filled with new victims who were tortured and starved. Violent anti-Semitism was reborn, sparking murders and new pogroms across Europe. Massacres were an integral part of the chaos and in some places-particularly Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland, as well as parts of Italy and France-they led to brutal civil wars. In some of the greatest acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands, often with the implicit blessing of the Allied authorities. Savage Continent is the story of post WWII Europe, in all its ugly detail, from the end of the war right up until the establishment of an uneasy stability across Europe toward the end of the 1940s. Based principally on prim

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

15h 18m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

17:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

47:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

40:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

37:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

33:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

55:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

45:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

39:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

53:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

47:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

46:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

43:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

48:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

40:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

44:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

35:42