Year Zero: A History of 1945

Author: Ian Buruma

A marvellous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of the Second World War.

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A marvellous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of the Second World War.

Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it.

‘A graphic account – well-researched, splendidly constructed and stylishly written – of the hinge year of the twentieth century, of its horrors, hopes, illusions and roots of troubles to come. Altogether compelling – a fine achievement’. — Ian Kershaw

‘A brilliant recreation of that decisive year of victory and defeat, chaos and humiliation, concentrating on peoples, not states’. — Fritz Stern

Published by Penguin
Hardback
2013
ISBN: 9781594204364