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The Inter-war years ;The Second World War begins ;War in the West 1940 ;Barbarossa: the German invasion of the Soviet Union ;Japan expands its war with China ;The turning tide: fall 1942-spring 1944 ;Developments on the home front and in technical and medical fields ;Allied victory 1944-45 ;Further reading ;Index

The Inter-war years ;The Second World War begins ;War in the West 1940 ;Barbarossa: the German invasion of the Soviet Union ;Japan expands its war with China ;The turning tide: fall 1942-spring 1944 ;Developments on the home front and in technical and medical fields ;Allied victory 1944-45 ;Further reading ;Index

A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Gerhard L. Weinberg
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 019968877X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 136
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The enormous loss of life and physical destruction caused by the First World War led people to hope that there would never be another such catastrophe. How then did it come about that there was a Second World War causing twice the 30 million deaths and many times more destruction as had been caused in the previous conflict? In this Very Short Introduction, Gerhard L. Weinberg provides an introduction to the origins, course, and impact of the war on those who fought and the ordinary citizens who lived through it. Starting by looking at the inter-war years and the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, he examines how the war progressed by examining a number of key events, including the war in the West in 1940, Barbarossa, The German Invasion of the Soviet Union, the expansion of Japan's war with China, developments on the home front, and the Allied victory from 1944-45. Exploring the costs and effects of the war, Weinberg concludes by considering the long-lasting mark World War II has left on society today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Shakespeare and the Second World War

Shakespeare and the Second World War

Memory, Culture, Identity

  • Author: Irene Rima Makaryk
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442644028
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 338
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Shakespeare's works occupy a prismatic and complex position in world culture: they straddle both the high and the low, the national and the foreign, literature and theatre. The Second World War presents a fascinating case study of this phenomenon: most, if not all, of its combatants have laid claim to Shakespeare and have called upon his work to convey their society's self-image. In wartime, such claims frequently brought to the fore a crisis of cultural identity and of competing ownership of this 'universal' author. Despite this, the role of Shakespeare during the Second World War has not yet been examined or documented in any depth. Shakespeare and the Second World War provides the first sustained international, collaborative incursion into this terrain. The essays demonstrate how the wide variety of ways in which Shakespeare has been recycled, reviewed, and reinterpreted from 1939–1945 are both illuminated by and continue to illuminate the War today.

The Second World War

The Second World War

Europe and the Mediterranean

  • Author: Thomas E. Griess,Thomas B. Buell
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9780757001604
  • Category: History
  • Page: 448
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From the prewar development of the German war machine to the ultimate victory of the Allied coalition, here is an in-depth analysis of the battles that raged on the Western and Eastern Fronts. It examines the major strategies, the innovative tactics, and the new generation of weapons—along with the people who used them.

Wartime

Wartime

Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War

  • Author: Paul Fussell
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199763313
  • Category: History
  • Page: 350
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Winner of both the National Book Award for Arts and Letters and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was one of the most original and gripping volumes ever written about the First World War. Frank Kermode, in The New York Times Book Review, hailed it as "an important contribution to our understanding of how we came to make World War I part of our minds," and Lionel Trilling called it simply "one of the most deeply moving books I have read in a long time." In its panaramic scope and poetic intensity, it illuminated a war that changed a generation and revolutionized the way we see the world. Now, in Wartime, Fussell turns to the Second World War, the conflict he himself fought in, to weave a narrative that is both more intensely personal and more wide-ranging. Whereas his former book focused primarily on literary figures, on the image of the Great War in literature, here Fussell examines the immediate impact of the war on common soldiers and civilians. He describes the psychological and emotional atmosphere of World War II. He analyzes the euphemisms people needed to deal with unacceptable reality (the early belief, for instance, that the war could be won by "precision bombing," that is, by long distance); he describes the abnormally intense frustration of desire and some of the means by which desire was satisfied; and, most important, he emphasizes the damage the war did to intellect, discrimination, honesty, individuality, complexity, ambiguity and wit. Of course, no Fussell book would be complete without some serious discussion of the literature of the time. He examines, for instance, how the great privations of wartime (when oranges would be raffled off as valued prizes) resulted in roccoco prose styles that dwelt longingly on lavish dinners, and how the "high-mindedness" of the era and the almost pathological need to "accentuate the positive" led to the downfall of the acerbic H.L. Mencken and the ascent of E.B. White. He also offers astute commentary on Edmund Wilson's argument with Archibald MacLeish, Cyril Connolly's Horizon magazine, the war poetry of Randall Jarrell and Louis Simpson, and many other aspects of the wartime literary world. Fussell conveys the essence of that wartime as no other writer before him. For the past fifty years, the Allied War has been sanitized and romanticized almost beyond recognition by "the sentimental, the loony patriotic, the ignorant, and the bloodthirsty." Americans, he says, have never understood what the Second World War was really like. In this stunning volume, he offers such an understanding.

The Second World War

The Second World War

  • Author: Johannes Steel
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: 204
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Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War

Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War

  • Author: Christian Leitz
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719050695
  • Category: Germany
  • Page: 213
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This is a study of Nazi Germany's war relations to the five continental European neutrals: Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Questioning the true commitment to neutrality of the five states, the book details not simply the development of relations to Germany, but also highlights the contribution the states made to Germany's war effort. The author explains that the Nazi regime benefitted in large measure from permitting these five countries to remain neutral. Even while Germany's military fortunes were declining in 1943 and 1944, it continued to receive vital services from the neutrals. Based on a wide reading of secondary sources in English, German, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, French and Turkish, and supplemented by documentary evidence from various German archives, this book enables readers at all levels to gain insight into a significant aspect not only of the history of Nazi Germany, but also the history of the Second World War in Europe.

British Colonial Development Policy After the Second World War

British Colonial Development Policy After the Second World War

The Case of Sukumaland, Tanganyika

  • Author: Rohland Schuknecht
  • Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
  • ISBN: 3643105150
  • Category: History
  • Page: 364
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The concept of "development" is one of the lasting legacies of the late colonial era in Africa. Taking Sukumaland in Tanzania as a reference, this book explores British colonial ideas about rural "development" and examines the results of their application after 1945. Colonial attempts to change African systems of agriculture are discussed extensively and critically assessed. Other issues like the exploitative character of British colonial development policy in the postwar period, the role of cooperatives, and the connection between development policy and decolonisation are also addressed. This book is the published version of author Rohland Schuknecht's doctoral thesis.

A War To Be Won

A War To Be Won

fighting the Second World War

  • Author: Williamson Murray,Allan Reed Millett
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674041301
  • Category: History
  • Page: 736
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In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II. Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare. Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single-volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did. "A War To Be Won" is a unique and powerful operational history of the Second World War that tells the full story of battle on land, on sea, and in the air. Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett analyze the operations and tactics that defined the conduct of the war in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Moving between the war room and the battlefield, we see how strategies were crafted and revised, and how the multitudes of combat troops struggled to discharge their orders. The authors present incisive portraits of the military leaders, on both sides of the struggle, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced, the opportunities they took, and those they missed. Throughout, we see the relationship between the actual operations of the war and their political and moral implications. "A War To Be Won" is the culmination of decades of research by two of America's premier military historians. It avoids a celebratory view of the war but preserves a profound respect for the problems the Allies faced and overcame as well as a realistic assessment of the Axis accomplishments and failures. It is the essential military history of World War II--from the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of Japan in 1945--for students, scholars, and general readers alike.

The Second World War

The Second World War

Ambitions to Nemesis

  • Author: Bradley Lightbody
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415224048
  • Category: History
  • Page: 290
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An accessible history of the Second World War in its global contect for A-level students.

Germany and the Second World War

Germany and the Second World War

  • Author: Gerhard Schreiber
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198228844
  • Category: Germany
  • Page: 822
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Explores the conduct of the war in the Mediterranean region and examines the dramatic military events of this period