Second World War A Short History

ISBN-10: 0192802070
ISBN-13: 9780192802071
Edition: 3rd 2001
Authors: R. A. C. Parker
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The Second World War is a compact but comprehensive and absorbing history of the war. It examines the causes of the war, how it was won and lost, and its far-reaching consequences for humanity. In tracing the key events of both the European and the Far Eastern wars, R. A. C. Parker outlines clearly the strategies of the participants, the economies and societies that underlay them, and the strengths and weaknesses of their fighting forces. He describes the decisive battles and analyses the reasons for their outcome, paying close attention to special features of the war: mobile warfare, forced migration, the Holocaust, strategic and nuclear bombing. Unlike many other histories of the war this book places British and European involvement squarely in an international perspective, and the author never shies away from raising fundamental questions.

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Hitler, Germany, and the origins of the European war
German conquest of Poland, Norway, the Low Countries, and France
Britain alone
Operation Barbarossa: the German attack on the Soviet Union
The United States enters the war: the origins of the Japanese attack
Japanese victories and disappointments: December 1941 to August 1942
The end of German expansion: the Atlantic, North Africa, and Russia, 1942-1943
Anglo-American strategies for victory
Economies at war
Strategic bombing
Morale
Driving back the Germans: North Africa, Italy, and Russia
D-Day and victory in Europe
The defeat of Japan and the atom bomb
From war to peace: Anglo-American relations
From alliance to Cold War: the Soviet Union and the West
The impact of war: the murder of the European Jews
The impact of war: casualties, crisis, and change
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