Reconstruction in the immediate aftermath of war: a comparative study of Europe, 1945-1950
This project has looked at the reconstruction of Europe in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. It has attempted to foster a continent-wide comparative approach, and to bring together an international array of scholars to examine the experiences of both East and West Europe. Country-specific research was conducted by Jessica Reinisch and Elizabeth White. Comparisons, broader themes and perspectives were addressed in a series of four workshops and a final conference.
Themes central to the project included: policies for the restoration of economic life; the rebuilding and transformations of the existing housing stock; displaced persons; expulsions and resettlements; the role of UNRRA and other international organizations and the nature of state power in the aftermath of the war.
The project was housed in the Department of History at Birkbeck College and directed by Dr. David Feldman. The two research fellows were Jessica Reinisch and Elizabeth White.
The Balzan Foundation
Conferences and Workshops