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Out of the ashes: Europe’s rebirth after WW2, 1945-1949 Lecture by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw

Raleigh Lecture on History, delivered by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw FBA, on 2 July 2015 (venue: The British Academy).

The end of the First World War produced turmoil and upheaval in Europe which culminated in a second conflagration twenty years later. The end of the Second World War – massively more destructive even than the First – led in contrast to unprecedented peace, stability and prosperity in Europe. How is this to be explained? This lecture explored the conditions in Europe between 1945 and 1949 in the attempt to find some answers.

About the speaker:
Ian Kershaw was, until 2008, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Hitler and most recently The End: Germany, 1944-45. He is currently working on a 2-volume history of Europe in the 20th Century for the Penguin History of Europe series.

(Related: Ian Kershaw in conversation with Diarmaid MacCulloch)

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