Rebuilding Europe: Western Europe, America and Postwar Reconstruction, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Rebuilding Europe

Western Europe, America and Postwar Reconstruction, 1st Edition

By David W. Ellwood


286 pages

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With the end of the Cold War and the prospect of a federal Europe ever closer, this book is a timely reassessment of the processes by which western Europe was reborn out of the devastation and despair of 1945. Concentrating on the first postwar decade and making rich use of the latest research findings, David Ellwood gives a detailed account of the practicalities of reconstruction - how it was done, what it cost, who paid for it, and what those involved hoped for, expected and actually received.

Table of Contents

List of tables

List of abbreviations

Editorial foreword



1. The lesson of last time

2. The realities of survival 1945-47

3. Managing to shift to peace

4. The reinvention of American power

5. The road to the Marshall Plan

6. Interdependence and defence: the start of the Cold War

7. The road to containment

8. Interdependence and economics: the limits of reform

9. Filling the dollar gap: the evolution of the Marshall Plan

10. From Korea to recovery

11. Hoping for prosperity

12. Expecting growth



Guide to further reading


About the Series

The Postwar World

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General