Germany 1945: From War to Peace

Germany 1945: From War to Peace

by Richard Bessel


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Germany 1945: From War to Peace by Richard Bessel

1945 was the most pivotal year in Germany's modern history. As World War II drew to a devastating and violent close, the German people were confronted simultaneously with making sense of the horrors just passed and finding the strength and hope to move forward and rebuild. Richard Bessel offers a provocative portrait of Germany's emergence from catastrophe, and he astutely portrays the defeated nation's own sense of victimhood after the war, despite the crimes it had perpetrated. Authoritative and dramatic, Germany 1945 is groundbreaking history that brilliantly explores the destruction and remarkable rebirth of Germany at the end of World War II. Ultimately, it is a success story; a story of life after death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060540371
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Pages: 522
Sales rank: 549,307
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Richard Bessel is a professor of twentieth-century history at the University of York and the author of Nazism and War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Maps xi

1 Introduction: To Hell and Back 1

2 A World in Flames 10

3 Murder and Mayhem 48

4 Fleeing for their Lives 67

5 The Last Days of the Reich 93

6 Revenge 148

7 The Beginning of Occupation 169

8 The Loss of the East 211

9 Societies of the Uprooted 246

10 Visions of a New World 279

11 The Great Disorder 320

12 Paying for War and Peace 340

13 Conclusion: Life after Death 385

Notes 403

Select Bibliography 497

Index 501

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Germany 1945: From War to Peace 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Trisha-Ann More than 1 year ago
Very, very interesting and informative!
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Prince-and-Reigh More than 1 year ago
This was my first book on Germany's past. Highly recommended as a starting point, or simply, for a supplement for WWII content library. Some accounts written from a first hand experience were a bit much for me at times, I almost had to stop reading. However, despite the chaos, which was contained and processed through Bessel's writing style, it maintained itself as a readable text. Some facts and scenes of the War are repeated, however, each instance seems to branch out into the affect on battle strategies as well as civilian and military lives. Anyone with WWII interest must read this.