Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe [NOOK Book]

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Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe challenges this conventional wisdom in highlighting how the re-establishment of the traditional German art of war?updated to accommodate new weapons systems?paved the way for Germany to forge a considerable military edge over its much larger potential rivals by playing to its qualitative strengths as a continental power. Ironically, these methodologies also created and exacerbated internal contradictions that undermined the same war machine ...

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Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe

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Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe challenges this conventional wisdom in highlighting how the re-establishment of the traditional German art of war—updated to accommodate new weapons systems—paved the way for Germany to forge a considerable military edge over its much larger potential rivals by playing to its qualitative strengths as a continental power. Ironically, these methodologies also created and exacerbated internal contradictions that undermined the same war machine and left it vulnerable to enemies with the capacity to adapt and build on potent military traditions of their own.

The book begins by examining topics such as the methods by which the German economy and military prepared for war, the German military establishment's formidable strengths, and its weaknesses. The book then takes an entirely new perspective on explaining the Second World War in Europe. It demonstrates how Germany, through its invasion of the Soviet Union, came within a whisker of cementing a European-based empire that would have allowed the Third Reich to challenge the Anglo-American alliance for global hegemony—an outcome that by commonly cited measures of military potential Germany never should have had even a remote chance of accomplishing. The book's last section explores the final year of the war and addresses how Germany was able to hang on against the world's most powerful nations working in concert to engineer its defeat.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Recommended all levels/libraries . . . challenges conventional wisdom about Allied success in Europe...an impressive operational overview. . . . Mercatante sees Operation Barbarossa as a turning point, nearly leading to Hitler's hegemony in Europe.
The Historian
Steven Mercatante makes a new and compelling case regarding how Nazi Germany lost the war. Written with verve, this book is a page-turner for anyone interested in how the Second World War unfolded.
World War II Magazine
A thought-provoking book . . . [that] counter[s] widespread arguments that brute force was the main reason for success in World War II. . . . [Mercatante's] case deserves to be heard.
Michigan War Studies Review
Worth reading . . . much sound analysis . . . Mercatante . . . knows that the devil is in the details. To his credit, even those familiar with World War II scholarship will find here analyses of economic and technological matters that historians have often glossed over or mentioned only in passing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313395932
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Series: War, Technology, and History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Steven D. Mercatante is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Globe at War, a website that has established the author as a respected authority on World War II. Mercatante received his JD from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating with a concentration in international law.

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Table of Contents

Part I
Chapter 1: The German War Machine on the Eve of War: Myth versus Reality
Chapter 2: The Third Reich Ascendant: The Reasons Why
Part II
Chapter 3: Comparing the World’s First Military Superpowers on the Eve of War
Chapter 4: History’s Bloodiest Conflict Begins
Chapter 5: An Inconvenient Decision Confronts Germany’s Masters of War
Chapter 6: Another Roll of the Dice
Chapter 7: Stalingrad in Context
Chapter 8: The European War’s Periphery
Chapter 9: Seizing the Initiative: The Sword versus the Shield
Part III
Chapter 10: A New Perspective for Explaining D-Day’s Outcome
Chapter 11: Hitler’s Greatest Defeat
Chapter 12: How the Third Reich Staved Off Total Defeat during the Summer of 1944
Chapter 13: End Game
Selected Bibliography

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