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

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The 2015 Raleigh Lecture on History chaired by Professor Sir Richard J Evans FBA, University of Cambridge 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. The lecture was held at the British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, London, on July 2 2015.

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