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Ruin and Renewal

In his enlightening Ruin and Renewal, Paul Betts shows how efforts to “civilize” the devastated postwar regions of Europe influenced much of our world today.

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Review of ‘Ruin and Renewal’

When World War II ended, Europe was devastated. There were over 40 million displaced people across the continent, including 8 million civilians in Germany alone, 10% of them Jewish. Malaria, tuberculosis and famine were serious threats in areas that lacked a stable society, moral authority and basic infrastructure. In his wide-ranging and consistently enlightening Ruin…

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