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Ian Buruma

Year Zero: A History of 1945

 
 
Author
Ian Buruma.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780143125976
Pages/Publication Date 368/2014
Daedalus Item Code 59005
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Marking 1945 as a pivotal year in the course of human history, Ian Buruma gives us a global portrait of civilization emerging from the ruins of World War II. Regime changes swept across much of Asia and all of continental Europe, while ravaged populations went homeless and starving, and harsh revenges were meted out. At the same time, the postwar years gave rise to such optimistic institutions as the United Nations, decolonization, Japanese pacifism, and the European Union. Buruma—named one of Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010—filters this epic vision through the experiences of his Dutch father, captured and conscripted to labor in Berlin factories.

"Vivid, compassionate and compelling. Buruma weaves together a tapestry of vital themes: the exultation and sexual liberation that came with victory, the vindictive settling of scores that came with defeat and the longing for a world of peace, justice and human rights after the horror of total war. His story takes in the world: from Holland to Japan, and his heroes and heroines are the ordinary men and women who picked up the pieces of a broken world and put it back together for their children and grandchildren. We are their heirs and Buruma does our parents and grandparents justice in this magnificent history.''—Michael Ignatieff

 
 
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