The Origins of The Second World War

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340676417
  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Series: Arnold Readers in History Series
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: History writing and the origins of the Second World War 1
Sect. I Interpretations and Debates 35
1 'We must hope for the best and prepare for the worst': the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and Hitler's Germany, 1937-1939 43
2 'Guilty men': the case of Neville Chamberlain 62
3 France and the coming of war 78
4 Debate: Germany, 'domestic crisis' and war in 1939 90
Sect. II Germany, Italy, the USSR and Japan: Dictatorships and Revisionism 115
5 Nazi foreign Policy: Hitler's 'programme' or 'expansion without object'? 121
6 The fascist regime, its foreign policy and its wars: an 'anti-anti-fascist' orthodoxy? 148
7 Soviet security policy in the 1930s 169
8 Britain and the United States in Japan's view of the international system, 1937-1941 178
Sect. III Great Britain, France and the United States: Democracies at Bay 199
9 Alternatives to appeasement 206
10 France and the remilitarization of the Rhineland, 1936 222
11 The United States and National Socialist Germany 245
12 The origins of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific: synthesis impossible? 261
Sect. IV Beyond Diplomacy: Economics, Strategy and Opinion 281
13 The 'Anglo-German connection' and the political economy of appeasement 293
14 Net assessment in Nazi Germany in the 1930s 316
15 Threat identification and strategic appraisal by the Soviet Union, 1930-1941 334
16 Propaganda in international politics, 1919-1939 351
Sect. V The Approach of War 375
17 The Spanish Civil War and the coming of the Second World War 381
18 Munich after 50 years 402
19 Poland in British and French policy in 1939: determination to fight - or avoid war? 413
20 1940: fulcrum of the twentieth century? 434
Index of names 457
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