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Decades of reconstruction : postwar societies, state-building, and international relations from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War


  • Decades of reconstruction (2013 : University of Toronto)

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  • Creator edited by Ute Planert (University of Cologne), James Retallack (University of Toronto)
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • xvi, 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781107165748, 1107165741, 9781316617083, 1316617084
  • OCLC ocn981115634


  • "As wars and other conflicts increase on a worldwide scale, the alleged 'new wars' of the present day have taught that military victory does not necessarily result in a sustained state of peace. Rather, societies in conflict experience a 'status mixtus' - a transformative period that includes substantial changes in economy, politics, society and culture. Focusing on these decades of reconstruction in Europe and North America, this book examines the transformation of state systems, international relations, and normative principles in international comparison. By putting the postwar decade after 1945 into a long-term historical perspective, the chapters illuminate new patterns of transition between war and peace from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Experts in the field show that states and societies are never restituted from a 'zero hour'. They also demonstrate that foreign and domestic policy are intermixed before and after peace breaks out."--Back cover.


  • "The German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington, DC, made it possible to bring together three sponsors of the international conference (May 3-4, 2013) that spawned this book."--Page xv.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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