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Orderly and Humane


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R. M. Douglas is associate professor of history, Colgate University. He is the author of four previous books, including most recently Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtiri na hAiseirghe and the Fascist "New Order" in Ireland.


"This is an important book, deserving of the widest readership."-Max Hastings, Sunday Times
"Douglas provides a fascinating glimpse of the backstage of the Nazi war effort, as hundreds of thousands were shifted from Poland and the Baltic states as part of a forced Germanisation policy that sheer lack of preparation doomed to failure."-Benedicte Williams, Budapest Times

"The expulsion of Germans is understandably a politically-charged topic. Until recently, it has been taboo to examine the depths of German suffering after 1945, because of the suffering they themselves had caused. Drawing on meticulous research, Douglas thoughtfully explains the context for this policy, before showing convincingly that its rationale was flawed."-Hester Vaizey, Independent
"Well-researched and dispassionately written. . . . Those who want to understand the tensions in modern Europe, not least in central Europe, ought to read this book."-Gisela Stuart, The Housing Magazine
"Douglas has produced a highly valuable and convincing account of the expulsion of Germans. . . "-Pertti Ahonen, Journal of Modern History

"A timely read" -Harvey Richardson, Methodist Recorder
Runner-up in the General Non-Fiction category at the 2013 Great Southeast Book Festival
Winner of the 2013 George Louis Beer Prize given by the American Historical Association
Won an honorable mention for the 2012 Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards in the European & World History Category

"Orderly and Humane is an outstanding and well-written work that fills a significant gap in books written in English about this large subject and the very period of its compass. It ought to be in every serious American library and should be required reading for scholars interested in the history of the end of the Second World War and the years thereafter in Europe."-John Lukacs, author of The Future of History and Five Days in London, May 1940

"R.M. Douglas has written a fair-minded, deeply researched and courageous book that carefully demystifies the claims and accusations surrounding the awful history of the expulsion of the ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe. A first-rate work, Orderly and Humane compels us to admit that the postwar expulsions were not simply a regrettable accident but a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing on a breathtaking scale that decisively shaped postwar Europe's history."-William I. Hitchcock, author of The Bitter Road to Freedom: The Human Consequences of Allied Victory in World War II Europe

"The tragedy of the post-World War II ethnic German refugees and expellees has been told before but no account is based on so many original documents from so many countries as Douglas's eminently readable work."-Istvan Deak, Columbia University

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