June 25, 2017

New Publication: Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War

This volume from the Publications of the German Historical Institute series with Cambridge University Press focuses on the transformative period that societies experience following conflicts, when substantial changes in economy, politics, society, and culture often take place. Looking at both Europe and North America, the volume puts the postwar decade after 1945 into a long-term historical perspective by illuminating new patterns of transition between war and peace from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Together, the individual chapters sketch out the transformations of state systems, international relations, and normative principles in international comparison and persuasively show that states and societies are never restituted from a “zero hour.”

Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War, edited by Ute Planert and James Retallack, is available from Cambridge University Press.