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    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 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.
    An article in today's Irish Independent stated:

    British 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.
    Tony Judt, Author and Intellectual, Is Dead - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

    Race against time to complete a life's work - Lifestyle, Frontpage - Independent.ie

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    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:



    Tony Judt, Author and Intellectual, Is Dead - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

    Race against time to complete a life's work - Lifestyle, Frontpage - Independent.ie
    I read Postwar - twice, also his articles in NYRB.

    A tremendous loss.

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    I attended a lecture of his once, very good.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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    I'm sorry to hear this. Coincidentally, I'm reading "Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century " and finding it extremely good.

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    The Guardian's obituary, written by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, is now online:

    In the 1960s, Cambridge produced a remarkable generation of historians – David Cannadine, Linda Colley and Simon Schama among others – but one name acquired a particular resonance. Well before his death at 62 from motor neurone disorder, Tony Judt flowered not only as a great historian of modern Europe, expanding from his original specialism of French 19th-century socialism to encompass the whole continent, but as a brilliant political commentator.
    Tony Judt obituary | Books | The Guardian

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    Sorry to hear of this. His Postwar is beside me, and I am only now discovering how good it is.
    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.

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    A tragedy, for such a brilliant man to die at a relatively young age, and when still at the height of his powers. The Guardian article linked to above also has a link to a video of Judt describing his struggle with motor neuron disease as being like a 'prison which shrinks every day'.

    'This is one of the worst diseases on the Earth' | Books | guardian.co.uk

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    Postwar is the towering achievement of a super career. Obligatory reading.

    A huge loss

    RIP

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    Yeah, a genuine loss. When so much commentary consists of little more than glib soundbites and superficial analysis, the loss of such a rigorous and powerful thinker as Judt is even more keenly felt. He didn't receive the widespread fame his talent deserved (probably because he didn't present a TV series) but hopefully his untimely death will encourage others to explore his works.

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    Read his obituary in the Guardian yesterday. Very interesthing man.

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