World War II: A History in Documents

World War II: A History in Documents

by James H. Madison
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019533812X

ISBN-13: 2900195338125

Pub. Date: 11/13/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


World War II: A History in Documents illustrates the major themes and issues of the Second World War, including its causes, course, and consequences. Paying attention to both the European and Pacific Theaters--as well as to homefront and battle front issues--author James H. Madison blends discussions of diplomacy and strategy with insights into the

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World War II: A History in Documents illustrates the major themes and issues of the Second World War, including its causes, course, and consequences. Paying attention to both the European and Pacific Theaters--as well as to homefront and battle front issues--author James H. Madison blends discussions of diplomacy and strategy with insights into the lives of ordinary people around the world, including factory workers, soldiers, mothers, propagandists, political leaders, and survivors.

Set in thoughtful contexts, these powerful and telling documents encourage students to compare different nations and cultures at war and to think critically about twentieth century history. The documents include such diverse items as American political cartoons, combat memoirs of American GIs, a call for Canadian women war workers, popular American songs, an interview with a Tuskegee Airman, Eisenhower's D-Day message, Russian propaganda posters, the diary of a German teenager, a memoir of Japanese-American internment, a painting of an Australian bomber crew, newspaperman Ernie Pyle's reports to the home front, the last letter from a Japanese kamikaze pilot, and testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

World War II: A History in Documents includes a picture essay on propaganda posters and numerous graphics (posters, photographs, maps, etc.) throughout, which also serve as documents. Offering a global and multifaceted perspective of World War II, this diverse collection of textual and visual documents is ideal for undergraduate courses in World War II and military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195338125
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/13/2009
Series:
Pages from History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

What is a Document?
How to Read a Document
Introduction
Note on Sources and Interpretation
1. To War, Again
Aggressor Nations
From Appeasement to War
Dark Days for the Allies
2. Fighting Men and Women
Men and Women in War
Combat Misery
Killing and Death
Atrocity, War Crimes, Limitlessness
3. Mobilizing for Total War
War Production
Mobilizing Workers
Allied Success
4. Home Front Sacrifice and Morale
Forward Together
Food and Rationing
Bombing of Civilians
Civil Liberties
Fun on the Home Fronts
5. Picture Essay: Wartime Posters Send the Message
6. Turning Points toward Allied Victory
Eastern Front
The Second Front
Pacific Theater
7. Peace
Victory
The Guilty
Occupation
From Hunger to a Better World?
8. War Memories
The "Good War" and Other Memories
Atrocities and Apologies
Museums and Memorials
Time Line
Further Reading
Websites
Text Credits
Picture Credits
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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