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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814743587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814743584
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Judt was a University Professor, the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies, and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU.


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I always look forward to reading anything by Tony Judt. He also provokes thought even if I don't agree with everything (or sometimes, anything) he says. However he is never boring. He mixes scholarship with a real and accessible thesis. The problem with this book is that it is dated. By its very nature it has been overtaken by events and particularly the Euro and the financial meltdown. It is a useful history of the EU up to 2000 but there prognosis is defeated by the passage of time.
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Very easy to read but written with the classical Judd clear, honest intelligent mind. A real pleasure to be read and savoured.
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HASH(0x8b1e403c) out of 5 stars Read it to understandably recent events... 12 Jun. 2014
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...such as why Russia can't stand Ukraine joining NATO, the continued rise of euroskepticism or the exaggerated expectations placed on the European project. This, from a fiercely independent and progressive historian who commands the respect of all, no matter their political beliefs.
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HASH(0x8b210f6c) out of 5 stars Tony Judt's "A Grand Illusion" 6 Aug. 2011
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I have discovered Judt's work only in the last few years. His writing and thinking is lucid, and his analysis and ideas provocative in the good sense. His different views of many of the problems facing contemporary Europe are as important as they are unconventional.
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HASH(0x8b210e70) out of 5 stars Is Europe's future a unified one? 15 May 2000
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If you are an avid supporter of the European Union, this book will not be a fun read. In this polemical essay, Judt argues that the future of Europe cannot be a unified one and that the EU is ultimately doomed to failure. What is his rationale?
He writes, "The years 1945-1989 are thus coming to seem more and more like a parenthesis." Arguing that nationalism is the most powerful and influential force in Europe, Judt paints a picture of a Europe that has been historically divided. Any attempts at unity will founder because of inherent national differences and nationalist feelings.
Although Judt offers several cogent arguments, his book fails to take into account the current state of optimism in Europe and the fact that the EU has been widely accepted. After a tumultuous century of division (from the powerful pre-WWI nation-states to the Cold War's establishment of East v. West), Europe today seems eager to latch onto a system that would provide some sense of community. Judt ignores this fact. Also, Judt's argument about Germany seems to me to be illogical, and some his evidence is a real stretch.
Judt's book on Europe has some value--it offers some very provocative points about Europe--but in the end, its overly pessimistic view lacks clarity and a solid factual base.
HASH(0x8afda570) out of 5 stars Brilliant. You don't have to be a scholar or ... 19 July 2016
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If you want to understand where we are in history, RIGHT NOW, read this. Brilliant. You don't have to be a scholar or historian to understand it.
HASH(0x8b001174) out of 5 stars The best explanation, bar none 16 July 2016
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The best explanation, bar none, for Brexit and why EU is an unsustainable house of cards. And, it was written 20 years ago!
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