The Second World War

The Second World War
Author: Antony Beevor
Pages: 880
ISBN: 9780316084079
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Release: 2012-06-05
Editor: Back Bay Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A masterful and comprehensive chronicle of World War II, by internationally bestselling historian Antony Beevor. Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War. In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14, 1945 and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach -- one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.

The Second World War

The Second World War
Author: Martin Gilbert
Pages: 928
ISBN: 0805076239
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Release: 2004-06
Editor: Macmillan
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

It began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. By the time it came to an end on V-J Day --August 14, 1945--it had involved every major power and become global in its reach. In the final accounting, it would turn out to be, in both human terms and material resources, the costliest war, taking the lives of forty million people.

The Second World Wars

The Second World Wars
Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Pages: 720
ISBN: 9780465093199
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Release: 2017-10-17
Editor: Basic Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian. World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya. The Second World Wars examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, bestselling author Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory. An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, The Second World Wars offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.

Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War

Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War
Author: R. Scott Sheffield,Noah Riseman
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781108424639
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Release: 2018-12-06
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A transnational history of how Indigenous peoples mobilised en masse to support the war effort on the battlefields and the home fronts.

Remembering the Second World War

Remembering the Second World War
Author: Patrick Finney
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781351714747
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Release: 2017-07-14
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Remembering the Second World War brings together an international and interdisciplinary cast of leading scholars to explore the remembrance of this conflict on a global scale. Conceptually, it is premised on the need to challenge nation-centric approaches in memory studies, drawing strength from recent transcultural, affective and multidirectional turns. Divided into four thematic parts, this book largely focuses on the post-Cold War period, which has seen a notable upsurge in commemorative activity relating to the Second World War and significant qualitative changes in its character. The first part explores the enduring utility and the limitations of the national frame in France, Germany and China. The second explores transnational transactions in remembrance, looking at memories of the British Empire at war, contested memories in East-Central Europe and the transnational campaign on behalf of Japan’s former ‘comfort women’. A third section considers local and sectional memories of the war and the fourth analyses innovative practices of memory, including re-enactment, video gaming and Holocaust tourism. Offering insightful contributions on intriguing topics and illuminating the current state of the art in this growing field, this book will be essential reading for all students and scholars of the history and memory of the Second World War.

Memoirs of the Second World War

Memoirs of the Second World War
Author: Winston Churchill
Pages: 1065
ISBN: 0395599687
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Release: 1991-09
Editor: Mariner Books
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Surveys the war and its politics

Education and the Second World War

Education and the Second World War
Author: Roy Lowe
Pages: 4
ISBN: 9781136590153
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Release: 2012-05-16
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This was the first book which globally surveyed the impact of the Second World War on schooling. It offers fascinating comparisons of the impact of total war, both in terms of physical disruption and its effects on the ideology of schooling. By analysing the effects on the education systems of each of the participant nations the contributors throw new light on the responses made in different parts of the globe to the challenge of world-wide conflict.

German occupied Europe in the Second World War

German occupied Europe in the Second World War
Author: Raffael Scheck,Fabien Théofilakis,Julia Torrie
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781351385886
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Release: 2019-03-04
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Inspired by recent works on Nazi empire, this book provides a framework to guide occupation research with a broad comparative angle focusing on human interactions. Overcoming national compartmentalization, it examines Nazi occupations with attention to relations between occupiers and local populations and differences among occupation regimes. This is a timely book which engages in historical and current conversations on European nationalisms and the rise of right-wing populisms.

Unknown Conflicts of the Second World War

Unknown Conflicts of the Second World War
Author: Chris Murray
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9780429876967
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Release: 2019-01-10
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Unknown Conflicts of the Second World War: Forgotten Fronts is a collection of chapters dealing with various overlooked aspects of the Second World War. The aim is to give greater depth and context to the war by introducing new stories about regions of the world and elements of the war rarely considered. These chapters represent new discussions on previously undeveloped narratives that help to expand our understanding of the interconnectedness of the war. It also provides an expanded view of the war as a mosaic of overlapping conflicts rather than a two-sided affair between massive alliance structures. The Second World War saw revolutions, civil wars, social upheaval, subversion, and major geopolitical policy shifts that do not fit neatly into the Allied vs. Axis 1939–1945 paradigm. This aim is to connect the unseen dots from around the globe that influenced the big turning points we think we know well but have really only a superficial understanding of and in so doing shed new light on the scope and influence of the war.

A People s History of the Second World War

A People s History of the Second World War
Author: Donny Gluckstein
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0745328024
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Release: 2012-06-15
Editor: Pluto Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A People's History of the Second World War unearths the fascinating history of the war as fought "from below." Until now, the vast majority of historical accounts have focused on the regular armies of the allied powers. Donny Gluckstein shows that an important part of the fighting involved people's militias struggling against not just fascism, but also colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism itself. Gluckstein argues that despite this radical element, which was fighting on the ground, the allied governments were more interested in creating a new order to suit their interests. He shows how various anti-fascist resistance movements in Poland, Greece, Italy, and elsewhere were betrayed by the Allies despite playing a decisive part in defeating the Nazis. This book will fundamentally challenge our understanding of the Second World War – both about the people who fought it and the reasons for which it was fought.

The Politics of Memory of the Second World War in Contemporary Serbia

The Politics of Memory of the Second World War in Contemporary Serbia
Author: Jelena Đureinović
Pages: 164
ISBN: 9781000754384
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Release: 2019-12-10
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Exploring the concepts of collaboration, resistance, and postwar retribution and focusing on the Chetnik movement, this book analyses the politics of memory. Since the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević in 2000, memory politics in Serbia has undergone drastic changes in the way in which the Second World War and its aftermath is understood and interpreted. The glorification and romanticisation of the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland, more commonly referred to as the Chetnik movement, has become the central theme of Serbia’s memory politics during this period. The book traces their construction as a national antifascist movement equal to the communist-led Partisans and as victims of communism, showing the parallel justification and denial of their wartime activities of collaboration and mass atrocities. The multifaceted approach of this book combines a diachronic perspective that illuminates the continuities and ruptures of narratives, actors and practices, with in-depth analysis of contemporary Serbia, rooted in ethnographic fieldwork and exploring multiple levels of memory work and their interactions. It will appeal to students and academics working on contemporary history of the region, memory studies, sociology, public history, transitional justice, human rights and Southeast and East European Studies.

Museums in the Second World War

Museums in the Second World War
Author: Catherine Pearson
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781351702546
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Release: 2017-06-26
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Exploring the role of museums, galleries and curators during the upheaval of the Second World War, this book challenges the accepted view of a hiatus in museum services during the conflict and its immediate aftermath. Instead it argues that new thinking in the 1930s was realised in a number of promising initiatives during the war only to fail during the fragmented post-war recovery. Based on new research including interviews with retired museum staff, letters, diaries, museum archives and government records, this study reveals a complex picture of both innovation and inertia. At the outbreak of war precious objects were stored away and staff numbers reduced, but although many museums were closed, others successfully campaigned to remain open. By providing innovative modern exhibitions and education initiatives they became popular and valued venues for the public. After the war, however, museums returned to their more traditional, collections-centred approach and failed to negotiate the public funding needed for reconstruction based on this narrower view of their role. Hence, in the longer term, the destruction and economic and social consequences of the conflict served to delay aspirations for reconstruction until the 1960s. Through this lens, the history of the museum in the mid-twentieth century appears as one shaped by the effects of war but equally determined by the input of curators, audiences and the state. The museum thus emerges not as an isolated institution concerned only with presenting the past but as a product of the changing conflicts and cultures within society.

The Origins of the Second World War

The Origins of the Second World War
Author: R. J. Overy
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781317865858
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Release: 2014-01-14
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The book explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941. The war has usually been seen simply as Hitler’s war and yet the wider conflict that broke out when Germany invaded Poland was not the war that Hitler wanted. He had hoped for a short war against Poland; instead, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Richard Overy argues that any explanation of the outbreak of hostilities must therefore be multi-national and he shows how the war’s origins are to be found in the basic instability of the international system that was brought about by the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers, Italy, Germany and Japan, keen to build new empires of their own.

The Second World War in Europe

The Second World War in Europe
Author: S.P. Mackenzie
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781317864714
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Release: 2014-06-06
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is an updated edition of the first truly concise introduction to the history of World War II in the West. The author, S. P. MacKenzie traces the major events on both fighting front and home front, explaining what happened and, just as importantly, why the balance of fortunes swung first towards the Axis and then towards the Allies. Along with overviews of the origins and consequences of the conflict, the book: Provides a narrative account of the course of events on land throughout the war Contains sections specifically devoted to societies and economies; resistance movements and collaboration; technology and intelligence; alliances and strategy; the war in the air and at sea Assesses the impact of the war and introduces the key historiographical debates surrounding it Far from being a blow-by-blow account, the book shows how the Second World War can only be understood by taking all the contributing factors - military, economic and social among others - into account. In addition to the existing wealth of useful supplementary material, this edition has been updated to include a colour illustration section and, for readers interested in learning more, a detailed narrative guide to published historical literature. Admirably succinct yet academically rich, this is the essential introduction to the Second World War in the West.

The Second World War 3

The Second World War  3
Author: Alastair Finlan,Mark J Grove,Philip D. Grove
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781472809834
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Release: 2014-06-06
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This volume provides a comprehensive guide to three major theatres of combat; the battles for the Atlantic, the war in the Mediterranean and the contest in the Indian Ocean. The war at sea was a vital contest, which if lost would have irreversibly altered the balance of the military forces on land. The sea lanes were the logistical arteries of British and subsequent Allied armies fighting on the three continents of Africa, Asia and Europe. The Second World War was ultimately won by land forces but it could always have been lost at sea.

The Second World War

The Second World War
Author: Jeremy Black
Pages: 562
ISBN: 9781351882163
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Release: 2017-05-15
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

World War II defined the 20th century and shaped the contemporary world; from the decolonization of Africa to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. This comprehensive series, edited by one of the worlds leading military historians, offers a focused overview of this complex and volatile era, taking into account the political, economic and social factors, as well as military circumstances of the road to war and its consequences. Augmented by a full length and detailed introduction by the editor, each volume gathers together the seminal articles on specific arenas of the war, providing a convenient and essential resource for researchers and general readers alike.

The Making of the Second World War

The Making of the Second World War
Author: Anthony P. Adamthwaite
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781136647628
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Release: 2013-08-21
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Closing the Ring

Closing the Ring
Author: Winston Churchill
Pages: 704
ISBN: 9780395410592
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Release: 1986-05
Editor: RosettaBooks
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

An account of World War II from 1943 to June 5, 1944 tracing the liberation of France and the slow collapse of Nazi Germany

The Red Army and the Second World War

The Red Army and the Second World War
Author: Alexander Hill
Pages: 760
ISBN: 9781107020795
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Release: 2016-12-24
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A major new account of the Soviet Union at war which charts the development, successes and failures of the Red Army.

Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered

Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered
Author: Gordon Martel
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781134714186
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Release: 2002-02-07
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When A.J.P. Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War appeared in 1961 it made a profound impact. The book became a classic and a central point of reference in all discussion on the Second World War. The second edition of this distinguished collection, written by leading experts in the field, is designed to bring the state of the argument up to date. The issues discussed include: * the legacy of the Treaty of Versailles * Hitlers foreign policy * Appeasement * AJP Taylor and the Russians * the treatment of the crises leading up to war including the Anschluss, Danzig, Abysinnian crises and the Spanish Civil War. This second edition will ensure that The Origins of the Second World War will remain a high priority student and scholarly reading lists.