Tagged: postwar Europe


Rhoda Dawson: The Story of an UNRRA Welfare Worker

When the war ended in 1945, Rhoda Dawson was 47 years old. She already had considerable experience of welfare work throughout the war but had concluded that it was ‘not my thing at all’. However, after being shamed into applying for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), having...


National Redefinitions Amid Shifting Boundaries: The German–Polish Border in Context

Unsurprisingly, the establishment of the new German–Polish border at Potsdam in 1945 had a lasting and inflammatory impact on relations between the two peoples. More profound, however, was the way in which it shaped the internal political and social development of both Poland and the emergent German Democratic Republic (GDR)....


A review of Martin Mevius’ ‘Agents of Moscow’

As we have discussed before, the link between nationalism and communism has often been misconstrued by historians and social scientists alike over the past quarter century. While the two are theoretically incompatible, in practice they are often mutually dependent, and no communist state has ever been able to dispense with...