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Tony Judt har skrevet en mursten av en bok om Europa etter 1945, som godt kan bli en referansebok. Glenn Frankel har vært på presentasjonen for et knippe fagpersoner.

Buck up, Europe. Though lacking a coherent ideology, a genuine political unity and a significant military, you have stumbled upon a way of life that is preferable even to America’s. Indeed, if you continue to let your sinful past retain its «admonitory meaning» – and learn to share your blessings with impoverished immigrants – you will have found not only moral purpose but also a way to teach the 21st century how to avoid the horrors of the 20th.
So says Tony Judt in describing his massive new work, «Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945.» When asked at a forum at the Open Society Institute in New York on Monday to encapsulate his densely packed 831-page story (voluminous notes and bibliography still to come on the Internet and an eventual paperback), he acknowledged his high but hesitant hopes for Europe and a festering, subtle disillusionment with America.

Noe skurrer. Dette er for positivt om Europa og for negativt om USA, vil sikkert noen si. Men man kan ikke unnlate å lese alt man ikke er 100 % enig i.

Educated in Britain and France, Judt has lived in the United States for 16 years, teaching at New York University, directing his own Remarque Institute and looming as America’s most prominent scholar of all-Europe affairs. He spoke to an invited audience of scholars and answered the questions of two admiring academic colleagues, Ian Buruma of Bard College and Jan Gross of Princeton University.

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