1945: The Year that Shaped the World

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The year 1945 was a seminal moment for the world.

From the bombing of Hiroshima, the end of World War II and the United Nations Charter, to Perry Como and Gandhi, a history began in 1945 that we're living today.

Ian Baruma’s new book is called “Year Zero: A History of 1945.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways the year 1945 came to shape global dynamics.


Ian Buruma

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

tom LI

Agree with Blackcoffee...

Why do men always demean women, and distill all their reactions to emotional lusts...

US women were "getting wild" too...losing their brothers, husbands, friends, and lovers, fewer men around in some areas...working in jobs where no woman had before...giving up on normal amenities to serve the war rationing (if only we did that from '03 to now!)...testing their mettle...feeling a freedom as never before...the boys they knew coming home as war weary MEN...

But we dont demean them by dismissing their behaviors because of one or two silly stimulants...like apparently the women of Europe seem to have reacted to men uniforms with a few bucks...

Sep. 26 2013 04:42 PM
Blackcoffee from Arcata, California

Just some thoughts on the Ian Baruma's comments about women getting "wild" because Europe was full of handsome free-spending soldiers after WWII.

Seems like a twisted interpretation of the behavior of a devastated, hungry population. Many men had been killed in the war, people were starving, and I'd imagine women and men both had PTSD. It was a dangerous time of desperation and knife-edged survival. I'd credit that with the behavior of people (men, women and soldiers) not the nice uniforms.

Sep. 26 2013 01:57 PM

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