1945: The War That Never Ended

1945: The War That Never Ended

by Gregor Dallas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109806

ISBN-13: 9780300109801

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

1945 is a monumental, multi-dimensional history of the end of World War II. Dallas narrates in meticulous detail the conflicts, contradictions, motives, and counter-motives that marked the end of the greatest military conflict in modern history and established lasting patterns of deceit, uncertainty, and distrust out of which the Cold War was born.

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1945 is a monumental, multi-dimensional history of the end of World War II. Dallas narrates in meticulous detail the conflicts, contradictions, motives, and counter-motives that marked the end of the greatest military conflict in modern history and established lasting patterns of deceit, uncertainty, and distrust out of which the Cold War was born.

Beginning with the siege of Berlin, Dallas describes in simple human terms the interactions of Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Hitler, Zhukov, Truman, de Gaulle, Macmillan, along with others relatively unknown, vividly portraying the interpenetration of the daily with the epochal, the obscure with the great political events taking place on the world stage. A grand narrative of diplomatic mistakes, military accidents, and the chaos inherent in human affairs,1945 draws the reader into a profound reflection on the basic shaping forces of history, the arbitrary ways we objectify its conflicts, and the subtle, almost invisible filaments that enmesh public events with private passions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109801
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
792
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Illustrations....................xi
Preface....................xiii
Maps....................xxi
One flag, one shot - Berlin, 30 April 1945....................1
ARMIES Beginnings....................21
Heartlands in the West....................22
Their saddest hour....................28
Heartlands in the East....................31
The Pact and the periphery....................37
Partisans....................42
Coincidental deaths....................45
Coincidental battles: continent and periphery....................50
Terror in Poland....................54
Choice in France....................58
The French connection: terror and extermination....................62
Raffle is a game of chance....................69
Frenchmen and Poles, Poles and Frenchmen....................75
Movements French Tempest....................84
Pétain's plebiscite....................86
Pétain's heir....................88
Le Quatorze Juillet....................94
Legitimacy: de Gaulle and the Communists....................102
Legitimacy: Poland and the Communists....................113
Legitimacy in Nazi Warsaw....................117
Invasion....................122
Monty....................129
Norman stalemate....................130
Eastern response....................132
SEASONS Paris and Warsaw in summer Waning 'Tempest'....................139
Warsaw's Rising....................143
Military 'yo-yo'....................148
Emigrant armies....................152
Maczuga....................157
Sartre's Paris....................160
The greatest urban catastrophe ofmankind....................164
Assumption Day....................169
Von Choltitz's choice....................173
Prelude to an insurrection....................179
The policemen's role....................184
The Château de Rambouillet....................186
National sovereignty and King Charles....................196
East is East, and West is ....................201
London and Washington in autumn London's 'doodlebugs'....................205
Washington's 'goobledegook'....................212
America first?....................218
'Nazidom' and Just William....................224
The Beasts of England....................231
The flying premier....................238
Travelling the Gulf Stream....................241
The Knickerbocker president....................248
In his absence....................254
An American-Soviet house....................266
The pastoralization of Germany....................268
Roosevelt and the State Department, Churchill and Metternich....................275
Hurricane season....................281
Moscow: hot and cold....................285
The Eleventh of November....................294
Berlin and Moscow in winter Hitler's Waterloo....................299
A Gaullist mirror....................312
The train to Moscow....................324
Silent Moscow....................332
The man who stayed....................344
Moscow's war and 'liberations'....................349
Hitler's return....................354
Berlin under bombs....................367
German resistance to the Nazis....................374
Russian resistance to the Communists....................382
PEOPLE People without cities Eight days at Yalta....................397
Hiss....................409
Poles without Warsaw....................419
Repatriating the citizenless....................425
Haroldo Macmillano, 'Viceroy of the Mediterranean'....................434
Berlin and the 'Southern Redoubt'....................445
The Holocaust and the Gulag....................456
Final Solution: the finale....................468
Last days at Auschwitz....................471
Endings VE-Days....................479
Signatures of surrender....................485
Celebrations and silences....................500
Britain repatriates the Cossacks....................512
'Starvation Corner' and the General Election....................526
The smile of Truman....................539
'Terminal' at Potsdam....................547
EUROPE, EUROPE Truman's Europe....................571
Stalin's Europe....................584
Adenauer's Europe....................607
De Gaulle's Europe....................617
Macmillan's Europe....................631
Chronology....................637
Glossary of names....................653
Glossary of organizations....................666
Notes....................675
Bibliography....................705
Index....................716

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