The noted historian Tony Judt, best known for his monumental history of Europe since 1945, "Postwar", has died. He had been suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.
According to the New York Times:
An article in today's Irish Independent stated:An impassioned left-wing Zionist as a teenager, he shed his faith in agrarian socialism and Marxism early on and became, as he put it, a “universalist social democrat” with a deep suspicion of left-wing ideologues, identity politics and the emerging role of the United States as the world’s sole superpower.
Tony Judt, Author and Intellectual, Is Dead - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.comBritish academic Tony Judt is one of our greatest living historians, courageous, controversial and passionate.
He has castigated French intellectuals and politicians of the post-war era for their "self-imposed moral amnesia" concerning collaboration with the Nazis and drawn the fire of many Zionists for his views on Israel.
His 2005 book, Post-war: A History of Europe Since 1945 won huge praise (and some criticism) for its sweeping, encyclopaedic scope and challenging conclusions.
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