V-E Day: From Rubble To Renewal

A revived, divided Continent: in the shadow of superpowers and vaguely dissatisfied with itself

Forty years after V-E day, the world's greatest battleground is a Continent revived and prosperous, free from war for those four decades. It is also a Continent dramatically divided, slightly uncertain of its future, and sometimes sadly aware that it has yielded its place at the center of the world to the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

On May 8, 1945, one world ended and another began. When all the ghastly totals were added up, it would be reckoned that some 40 million Europeans had lost their lives during the war; alongside them fell 160,045 Americans, 45,057 Canadians and thousands of...

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