Journalists and historians have referred to the last 50+ years as the “sweet spot” of history — a time when many who witnessed the events are still alive; and yet sufficient time has passed to place the period in an historical perspective. These were turbulent times involving post WWII rehabilitation, decolonization, the Cold War, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We will follow this period through a book entitled Post War, A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt (Penguin 2005), a monumental text and Pulitzer Prize nominee. Beautifully written with the pace of a mystery novel, our text will stimulate discussion on thesecomplex developments in history from our contemporary perspective. Can the seeds of today’s turmoil be found in the disruptions of the past?