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Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Judt, Tony

ISBN 10: 0143115057 / 0-14-311505-7
ISBN 13: 9780143115052
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
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Tony Judt is on e of today's leading historians and thinkers. Winner of the Hannah Arendt Prize in 2007, his previous book, Postwar, was hailed as "monumental . . . a tour de force"by Foreign Affairs, among other leading publications. In Reappraisals, he persuasively argues that we have entered an "age of forgetting." Drawing provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from Jewish intellectuals and the challenge of evil in the recent European past to the interpretation of the Cold War to the displacement of history by heritage, Judt takes us beyond what we think we know of the past to explain how we came to know it, and shows how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory.


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As Tony Judt argues persuasively in Reappraisals, we have entered an "age of forgetting." Today’s world is so utterly unlike the world of just twenty years ago that we have set aside our immediate past even before we could make sense of it. We literally don't know where we came from, and the results of this burgeoning ignorance are proving calamitous, with the clear prospect of worse to come. We have lost touch with three generations of international policy debate, social thought and public-spirited social activism. We no longer know how to discuss such concepts and we have forgotten the role once played by intellectuals in debating, transmitting and defending the ideas that shaped their time. In Reappraisals, Tony Judt resurrects key aspects of the world we have lost and reminds us how important they still are to us: now and to our hopes for the future.

Judt draws provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from the history of the neglect and recovery of the Holocaust and the challenge of ‘evil’ in understanding the European past, to the rise and fall of the state in public affairs and the displacement of history by ‘heritage’.Ranging with his trademark acuity and élan from Belgium to Israel, from the memory of Marxism to the practice of foreign policy, he takes us beyond what we think we know to show us how we came to know it, and reveals how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory. His book is a road map back to the historical sense we urgently need.

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Praise for Postwar Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

‘He dares to expound the sum total of Europe since 1945 in a seamless narrative… This is history-writing with a human face, as well as with brainpower… It is most unlikely that Judt's achievement will be superseded soon.’ Norman Davies, Guardian

‘'Truly superb - a magnificent achievement. It is hard to imagine how a better - and morereadable - history of the emergence of today's Europe from the ashes of 1945 could ever be written...A real masterpiece.'Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler

‘A superb work of synthesis, analysis and reflection.’ Timothy Garton-Ash, TLS, Books of the Year

‘A hugely impressive work, vigorously and lucidly written... Its range is awe-inspiring.' Marina Warner, Observer, Books of the Year

‘Masterly and exhilarating... This is a splendid book to which no review can do proper justice.’ Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Spectator

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Book Description: Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Penguin USA | Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century | We have entered an age of forgetting. Our world, we insist, is unprecedented, wholly new. The past has nothing to teach us. Drawing provocative connections between a dazzling range of subjects, from Jewish intellectuals and the challenge of evil in the recent European past to the interpretation of the Cold War and the displacement of history by heritage, the late historian Tony Judt takes us beyond what we think we know of the past to explain how we came to know it, showing how much of our history has been sacrificed in the triumph of myth-making over understanding and denial over memory. Reappraisals offers a much-needed road map back to the historical sense we urgently need. | Reappraisals Acknowledgments Introduction: The World We Have Lost Part One: The Heart of Darkness Chapter I: Arthur Koestler, the Exemplary Intellectual Chapter II: The Elementary Truths of Primo Levi Chapter III: The Jewish Europe of Manes Sperber Chapter IV: Hannah Arendt and Evil Part Two: The Politics of Intellectual Engagement Chapter V: Albert Camus: "The best man in France" Chapter VI: Elucubrations: The "Marxism" of Louis Althusser Chapter VII: Eric Hobsbawm and the Romance of Communism Chapter VIII: Goodbye to All That? Leszek Kotakowski and the Marxist Legacy Chapter IX: A "Pope of Ideas"? John Paul II and the Modern World Chapter X: Edward Said: The Rootless Cosmopolitan Part Three: Lost in Transition: Places and Memories Chapter XI: The Catastrophe: The Fall of France, 1940 Chapter XII: A la recherche du temps perdu: France and Its Pasts Chapter XIII: The Gnome in the Garden: Tony Blair and Britain's "Heritage" Chapter XIV: The Stateless State: Why Belgium Matters Chapter XV: Romania between History and Europe Chapter XVI: Dark Victory: Israel's Six-Day War Chapter XVII: The Country That Wouldn't Grow Up Part Four: The American (Half-) Century Chapter XVIII: An American Tragedy? The Case of Whittaker Chambers Chapter XIX: The Crisis: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Cuba Chapter XX: The Illusionist: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy Chapter XXI: Whose Story Is It? The Cold War in Retrospect Chapter XXII: The Silence of the Lambs: On the Strange Death of Liberal America Chapter XXIII: The Good Society: Europe vs. America Envoi: The Social Question Redivivus Publication Credits Index | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 393 gr | 464 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780143115052

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