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The Last European War: September 1939-December 1941

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"This absorbing study of the first - and decisive - phase of World War II tells not only how events happened but why they happened as they did. Eminent historian John Lukacs presents an extraordinary narrative of these two years, followed by a detailed sequential analysis of the lives of the peoples and then of the political, military, and intellectual relations and events."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

James Joll
Lukacs’s book is consistently interesting, surprising, and provocative.
New Yorker
A brilliant, original study of what this era meant :socially, politically, artistically, intellectually :in the lives of the peoples of Europe. . . . [Lukacs’s] grasp of emotional as well as intellectual history is commanding.
Library Journal
Lukacs is a familiar name in World War II studies. These two volumes, released in 1990 and 1976, respectively, follow the key players on the other side of the Atlantic. The duelists in the first title are Churchill and Hitler, and this book covers the pivotal 80-day period in 1940 when the Germans were poised to crush British forces and invade the empire. The second volume offers a precise time line of events and describes both what happened and why. Lukacs concentrates not only on the historical but on the sociological aspects of the war. For all collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This dispassionate, humorous, serious, and brilliantly written book marks an important step forward in our understanding of a past that is still within living memory.
James Joll
Lukacs's book is consistently interesting, surprising, and provocative.
New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300089158
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Main Events
I Introduction: Germany and Europe 3
II Hitler's year 8
III The coming of the war in 1939 25
IV Reluctant war 54
V Germany triumphant 77
VI Germany governant 107
VII Germany conquerant 125
VIII Germany rampant 141
IX Germany halted 154
X A second world war 161
II The Main Movements
I The lives of the peoples 171
II The march of the armies 239
III The movements of politics 282
IV The relations of states 327
V The sentiments of nations 383
VI The convergences of thought and of belief 454
Bibliographical remarks 528
Abbreviations of cited references 539
Acknowledgments 552
Index 553
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