World War II in Europe A Concise History

ISBN-10: 1111836523
ISBN-13: 9781111836528
Edition: 2013
Authors: Marvin Perry
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY offers readers an engaging, clear, and comprehensive overview of the war that includes all of the key concepts, recent scholarship, and, where applicable, conflicting interpretations, while avoiding the complex data and schemata that tend to overwhelm non-specialists. Special attention is given to the human experience during the war, including extensive coverage of the Holocaust, and numerous quotations from relevant primary sources are integrated throughout the narrative, bringing the events to life. The text also covers the war's lasting effects on European history as well as population transfers, the treatment of collaborators and war criminals, the ordeal of Jewish survivors, changing German responses to the Nazi era, the emergence of the Cold War, and steps toward European integration.

Marvin Perry, now retired, taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Cengage Learning texts, including WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (senior author and general editor); WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY; the leading Western Civilization reader, SOURCES OF THE WESTERN TRADITION; AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE; SOURCES OF EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1900 (senior editor); HUMANITIES IN THE WESTERN TRADITION (senior author and general editor); and WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY. His scholarly work includes ARNOLD TOYNBEE AND THE WESTERN TRADITION (1996); coauthor of ANTISEMITISM: MYTH AND HATE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (2002); coeditor of ANTISEMITIC MYTHS: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY (2008); and coeditor of THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2008). Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on the history of ideas.

Preface
Hitler's War
The Legacy of World War I
The Rise of the Nazis
The New German Republic
Adolf Hitler: The Early Years
Hitler's Worldview
The Nazis in Power
The Breakdown of Peace
Hitler's Foreign Policy Aims
Tearing Up the Versailles Treaty
German and Italian Aggressions, 1935-1939
Czechoslovakia: The Apex of Appeasement
Poland: The Final Crisis
Chronology
Notes
The German Blitzkrieg, 1939-1940
The Invasion of Poland
Mechanized Warfare: A New Military Tactic
The Defeat of Poland
The Conquest of Denmark and Norway
The Low Countries and France
Prewar French Strategy
The German Offensive
The German Conquest of Western Europe, 1940
Through the Ardennes
The French in a Rout
The "Miracle of Dunkirk"
The Fall of France
Reasons for France's Defeat
The Battle of Britain
Fighter Command and Britain's Air Defense
Nazi Germany's First Defeat
Chronology
Notes
Operation Barbarossa
The Balkans First
The Opening Phase
A War of Annihilation
German Successes
Operation Barbarossa and the Eastern Front, 1941
Soviet Resilience and German Miscalculations
Russian Tenacity and Courage
Unforeseen Challenges
Stalin's Continued Terror
The Wehrmacht Thwarted: Moscow and Leningrad
At the Gates of Moscow
A Soviet Counterattack
The Epic Siege of Leningrad
The Tide Turns: Stalingrad
More German Conquests
Operation Blue
Urban Warfare
The Death of the Sixth Army
Kursk: Germany's Last Offensive on Soviet Soil
Soviet Preparations
A Stalled German Offensive
No Prospect of a German Victory
Hitler and His Generals
The Momentum Changes
Chronology
Notes
The Racial Empire: Exploitation, Enslavement, Extermination
Exploitation and Terror
Forced Labor
Occupied Poland
Occupied Soviet Union
The Holocaust: The Extermination of European Jewry
The SS Mentality
Mobile Death Squads
Extermination Camps
Main Deportation Centers
The Uniqueness of the Holocaust
The German People and the Holocaust
Germany
Austria
Europe, America, and the Holocaust
Complicity
Righteous Gentiles
Bombing of Auschwitz Controversy
The Vatican's Policy of Silence
Collaboration with the Nazis in Occupied Europe
Resistance Movements
Notes
War on Other Fronts
Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943
The U-Boats' "Happy Time"
Coping with the Threat
The North African Campaign
Rommel and the Afrika Korps
Containing the Desert Fox
American Entry
Driving the Axis from North Africa
The Italian Campaign
Invasion of Sicily
Rome under Nazi Occupation
Invasion of the Mainland: Salerno
Anzio: Bloody Stalemate
Cassino: Costly Breakout
The Italian Campaign: A Wasteful Diversion?
The Air War: 1941 to D-Day
Precision and Area Bombing
Was It Worth It?
The Home Front
Sustaining Morale and Coping with Hardship
The "Blitz"
The War and Women
Chronology
Notes
Invasion: From the Atlantic Wall to the Siegfried Line
The Landing at Normandy
Preparation
D-Day
Rommel and the Atlantic Wall
Omaha Beach: A Near Disaster
Allied Success
Struggling to Break Out
Cherbourg and Bocage Country
Caen
Tlie Falaise Pocket
Liberation
Temporary Stalemate on the Western Front
German Recovery
German Military Resurgence: Market Garden, Aachen, Huertgen Forest, Metz
Advance to the German Border, July 24-December 15, 1944
Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Last Gamble
Hitler's Goals and Strategy
Initial Success
American Resistance and German Defeat
Chronology
Notes
The End of the Third Reich
German Morale: Ambivalent, Fanatic, Fatalist
Red Army on the Offensive
Operation Bagration
World War II: The European Theatre
Beyond the Soviet Union's Borders
The Drive into Germany from the West
The Rhineland
Montgomery's Crossing of the Rhine
Saturation Bombing
The Ruhr and Beyond
Victory in Italy
Unconditional Surrender: Prolonging the War?
Liberating Concentration Camps
The Drive into Germany from the East
The Vistula Offensive: Poland and the Reich
Soviet Retribution and German Flight
To the Bitter End
Soviet Advance and Goebbels' Desperate Appeals
Nazi Terror
The Bunker: A Delusional Hitler
The Storming of Berlin: The Last Battle
The End of Hitler and His Third Reich
Chronology
Notes
The Aftermath, Legacy, and Meaning of the War
Death Toll
Material Damage
Population Transfers and Ethnic Cleansing
Retribution for Collaborators
War Crimes Trials
Jewish Survivors
The New (West) Germany: Overcoming the Past
The Reality of Total Defeat
Konrad Adenauer: Architect of the New West Germany
Facing Responsibility
Enduring Myths: A Defensive War and the Wehrmacht's Clean Hands
The German Clergy in the Confession Booth
Emergence of the Cold War
European Unity
The Demise of European Imperialism
The War and Western Consciousness
Notes
Selected Bibiliography
Index

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