The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe

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Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780465075256
Branch Call Number: 940.53141 POT NEI
Characteristics: xxiv, 310 pages :,illustrations


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Jul 19, 2016

I found this to be a remarkably in depth description of the events that transpired at Potsdam. More importantly, I was impressed with how the author tied the Potsdam events back to almost identical problems at the Peace Conference at the end of WWI. He also made a remarkable conclusion that Potsdam finally brought to an end events that had started in Sarajevo in 1914. Very insightful.

Jul 30, 2015

We take it for granted now that in North America and Britain Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on May 8, while in Russia it is on May 9. However as a passage in this fascinating book makes clear, the Soviets were not at all happy that the German surrender didn’t take place everywhere on the same day: “Three days before he [Truman] wrote this diary entry, the State Department had neglected to pass along a message from Stalin disapproving of Germany’s surrender on May 8. The timing of the entry suggests that Truman had now found out. Because the Germans had surrendered to the Americans and the British at the time of the announcement, Stalin thought the American celebrations were premature, and he viewed this as a much more serious breach than the State Department apparently did. The Soviet Union, Stalin tried to remind the president, remained technically at war with Germany, and the three powers had agreed in 1943 that they all had to consent to the terms of any German surrender.”

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