Competing Voices from World War II in Europe: Fighting Words

Overview

Obviously, there are many books written about World War II—but very few of them present 'competing voices'. Written for college-bound high-school students, first- and second-year undergraduates and general readers of military history, Competing Voices from World War II in Europe highlights the different perspectives and views of all belligerents in the military arena, as well as describing the impact of the war on daily life.

The book begins in 1939 (with the invasion of Poland)...

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Overview

Obviously, there are many books written about World War II—but very few of them present 'competing voices'. Written for college-bound high-school students, first- and second-year undergraduates and general readers of military history, Competing Voices from World War II in Europe highlights the different perspectives and views of all belligerents in the military arena, as well as describing the impact of the war on daily life.

The book begins in 1939 (with the invasion of Poland) and ends in 1945 (with Germany's surrender). However, an introductory chapter puts the war in perspective by examining key events preceding the invasion of Poland, and a concluding chapter looks at the controversy surrounding the Nuremberg Trials after the end of hostilities. Though well-known, the main events of the war often remain controversial, and minor events are still relatively unexplored. Though it is often assumed that Allied victory was inevitable, and that all the Allies worked together in a seamless fashion, this book provides evidence that contradicts these basic concepts. Presented with directly reported sources, together with all the contextual information, readers will be able to develop their own opinions about events such as the Munich Conference, the defeat of France, the debate over a second front, the D-Day events of 1944, the development of Soviet-American relations throughout the war and the origins of the Cold War.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This amazingly valuable book, which presents objective documentation rather than subjective interpretation, is essential for all history collections."

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Library Journal

"Recommended for college and high-school libraries."

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Booklist

"This quite interesting book explores the events of World War II by using contemporary, primary sources from both the Axis and Allied sides. Newspaper headlines, government documents and military statements, and the testimonies of people involved in or swept up in the war lend immediacy to historic events, and make it clear that the Allied victory was anything but inevitable. An introductory chapter examines events leading up to Germany's invasion of Poland, and a concluding chapter looks at the controversies surrounding the Nuremberg war trials."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846450334
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Series: Fighting Words Series
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Appeasement in Munich, 1938 1

Chapter 2 War is Declared, 1939 13

Chapter 3 Germany Conquers Western Europe, 1940 43

Chapter 4 Invasion of Soviet Union, 1941 67

Chapter 5 Occupation and Terror in Europe, 1942 95

Chapter 6 Victory at Stalingrad; Italy Invaded, 1943 125

Chapter 7 Allies Invade France, 1944 165

Chapter 8 Allied Victory, 1945 219

End Matter 251

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