Germany 1945: From War to Peace

Germany 1945: From War to Peace

?Fascinating?.Bessel does an excellent job of evoking the blasted landscape of a conquered Germany.? ?The New Yorker   ?A sober yet powerful account.? ?New York Times Book Review   Authoritative and dramatic, Germany 1945 by distinguished British historian Richard Bessel is groundbreaking history that brilliantly explores the devastation and remarkable rebirth of Germany at the ?Fascinating?.Bessel does an excellent job of evoking the blasted landscape of a...

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Title:Germany 1945: From War to Peace
Author:Richard Bessel
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Genres:History
ISBN:Germany 1945: From War to Peace
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:522 pages pages

Germany 1945: From War to Peace Reviews

  • Ali
    May 29, 2014
    1945 was always a year of mystery for me in Germany, most historians talk about it in context of the game of power between allies and USSR. This book does a marvelous job of summing up the major events from a German perspective. The vanquished who have to survive. I found the narrative...
  • Adam
    Jul 01, 2009
    Addressing a long-overdue topic in broad strokes, Bessel brings his considerable historical expertise on modern war's fallout to illuminate each and every catastrophic corner of Germany at the end of the Second World War. He obviously has to move swiftly and can only outline only a fra...
  • Maryellen
    Nov 02, 2009
    Bessel writes about the events of the final days of the war. The brutality of the Nazis on their own people and how it brought about a more docile Germany. He argues that Germans saw themselves as traumatized, victims of the Nazis who were preoccupied with their own suffering to concer...
  • Elisabeth
    Jun 15, 2015
    I wanted a book that delved into the finer details of how ordinary German citizens lived in the immediate aftermath of WW2 in the face of the total destruction of their social system, such as how they kept themselves fed, what the young people were doing in the absence of a functioning...
  • Doug
    Jan 18, 2014
    Liked it for the portrayal of say, what happened in a certain block in war-blasted Danzig, that you wouldn't get in more general works (pun not intended). It's a specimen of current historiography that tires, however, with the weight of the rubble of facts, a long catalog of statistica...
  • Erik Graff
    Mar 08, 2017
    This book encompasses the last year of WWII through 1946 as experienced by those resident in Germany at war's end. It pays little attention to the victors except in terms of their dealings with the residents. It asks then how it was that the German nation went from rapacious warlike fa...
  • Emily
    Oct 27, 2014
    This is a very thorough account of the final year of the war and the beginnings of life in defeat. It is comprehensive, detailed and fascinating. The lives of the defeated Germans are hard to fathom, and this book really had me thinking hard about the results of policies made by electe...
  • Jennifer Zhao
    May 16, 2017
    A detailed retelling of the chaotic and tumultuous days in Germany towards the end of WWII. A very informative read. ...
  • Rod Zemke
    Jul 08, 2017
    This was a book where I learned some things about WWII and its aftermath. My grandfather was born in the area of Stettin, Germany in the 19th century. After WWII, the borders changed and Stettin became Szczecin, Poland. Did you ever wonder how borders get changed after a war? Of course...
  • Mary
    Jun 06, 2018
    Good book, I learned a lot about conditions in Germany after WWII. ...
  • Randy
    May 10, 2010
    Generally a well-written book that tries to portray the situation in Germany near the end of WWII and the rest of 1945. Bessel portrays the situation primarily from the perspective of the citizenry rather than the government and military, although their actions are touched on as well a...
  • Daniel Kukwa
    Aug 16, 2011
    This was on its way to a solid four star rating...but the final two chapters are in serious need of condensing. They blunt the momentum of the story of Germany's post-war horror; it was all going splendidly, like an out-of-control steam train...and then it nearly grinds to a halt, buri...
  • AthenaTheOwl
    Jul 21, 2014
    After reading David Kynatons excellent series on Britain Post-War, I was keen to gain an understanding of Germany's experience during this period. Seeking a similar approach, I bought Richard Bessels 'Germany 1945', but the two authors have very different approaches. While Kynastons...
  • Doug Hanna
    Jul 24, 2011
    Deeply researched history of the destruction and reinvention of Germany in the last few months of the war and afterward. Convincingly explains why the Germans in general remained stubbornly guilt - free about their central role in the death and suffering of millions : " we also suffere...
  • Checkman
    Jul 16, 2012
    Germany 1945:From War to Peace is an examination of what Germany went through in 1945. It's a look at what the Germans experienced in the last five months of World War II and how Germans began the recovery from the Nazi years and the massive destruction of their country in the months f...
  • Mark
    Sep 16, 2011
    An interesting study of the postwar climate of Germany. Unfortunately, it does not dwell so much on the de-Nazification effort or the climate of denial that existed, so much as it does upon the suffering of Germans themselves. Regardless the human cost to the country, the fact remained...
  • Stephen Coleman
    Apr 04, 2012
    Its very thought provoking to read about the end of the Second World War and what happened to Germany during this time. The scale is hard to imagine but it is good to understand what happened during this period. Its a long book, so needs a high measure of endurance. ...
  • Darla Stokes
    Dec 02, 2013
    Describes how and why the events of 1945 led to modern Germany. This is the sort of historical analysis meant by "those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it"--it's about human nature, emotions, and motivations, not about battle logistics. Probably best to read this book ...
  • Greg
    Mar 13, 2012
    Shatters forever any myths that the transition from Nazism to Allied occupation was peaceful or simple. Rather, it appears that the first 6 months of 1945 (I'm not finished with the book) were the most hellish and brutal of the entire war: But this time the German people were experi...
  • Peter Jordan
    Jan 12, 2013
    Described as a masterly account. i found it comprehensive; but very repetitive. A lot of the numbers could have been handled differently - by putting into tables for instance. Glad i read it as I wanted to know what happened; but it was a bit tedious. I liked the way to he ascribed ...
  • Ben
    May 17, 2012
    I thought this was well written and discusses a topic that I have never thoroughly read about before, basically because it isn't written about nearly enough. Bessel discusses the German population and their circumstances at the end and after WW2. He concentrates more on the populace th...
  • Kate Barker
    May 17, 2012
    A good, easy read about the events leading to the final capitulation of Germany. Bessel, for the most part write in an objective manner, which is refreshing considering the topic. ...
  • Ed
    May 28, 2012
    Brilliantly researched, poorly written and edited (extremely repetitive). ...
  • Patty
    Aug 27, 2012
    This book was so revealing to me of what my mother, grandmothers, and family endured as Germans after Wold War Ii. It helped me understand of my mother's way perspective on endurance and view of the world and daily life. ...
  • Michelle Barker
    Jun 17, 2015
    A very readable and thorough treatment of the aftermath of World War Two for the Germans. Bessel's theory is that the absolute destruction and defeat of Germany are what allowed it to rebuild and revision itself into the country it is now. After the last months of the war, there was no...
  • Jason Peterson
    Jun 02, 2014
    This book had a lot of detail. I liked how the author kept focused on the essential details, including just enough anecdotes to support his analysis. He goes into detail concerning the details of how the Nazi's finally surrendered. This was followed by the hardships that were endured...
  • Martin Samuels
    Mar 02, 2017
    It is very easy for British readers to get the impression that the Second World War effectively ended almost immediately after the failed Arnhem battle (Operation Market Garden) in September 1944, with little of interest happening until VE day in May 1945, at which point peace broke ou...
  • brian
    May 01, 2018
    this book focus on who World War II, the think about this book that i like is that tel you who World Was II was, how many people died who hard was the life during the war, and the thing that i don;t like about this book is that it need some description about who was the life to the Ame...
  • David Christensen
    Jul 10, 2019
    I got this book idea from a friend, and I thought the book theme was a very good idea. I was very curious about how this momentous period in history, and all the various forces and differing civilizations and cultures which had come together in a defeated Germany in 1945 - would begin ...
  • Elyse83
    Jan 27, 2010
    Thorough historical research on how Germany and Germans lived in the year of their total defeat, 1945. Book talks about the disruption of the social order, the economic collapse, and the Allied occupation. ...