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Children's Literature
The Second World War was one of the signal events in modern history. In a span of approximately six years, over fifty million people worldwide lost their lives in a conflict that pitted extreme forces of human nature. In this title in the "Opposing Viewpoints in World History" series, readers are presented with differing perspectives concerning a few controversial topics linked to this massive war. Readers of this anthology will be treated to a fascinating series of essays and writings prepared by both primary source participants and post-war experts. In perusing the pages of this informative work, certain key questions about the way the opposing sides behaved during the war are presented. For example, in a section dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war, writers touch upon the moral, ethical, and legal issues that shaped the American policy at the time. In a similar manner, subjects such as who was responsible for the Pearl Harbor disaster, the morality of using nuclear weapons, and the global ethics of total war on both sides are also discussed. Through tackling these less than clear issues, the editor of this well-crafted book has created a resource document that can amplify youngsters' understanding of World War II and the manner in which it evolved. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 14 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This compilation of essays examines international and domestic controversies and provides a historical perspective for contemporary policy discussions. Four chapters discuss the assessment of blame for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the justification for the internment of Japanese Americans, the necessity and morality of using the atomic bomb, and whether the war deserves its nostalgic "good war" image. The first three chapters combine both contemporaneous and retrospective essays. In contrast, all of the readings in the final chapter, which discusses how the U.S. should have responded to the Holocaust, the conduct of the war, and the war's contribution to the military-industrial complex, are taken from recent scholarly works. The list for further reading includes both primary and secondary sources and periodical articles as well as Web sites. Six of the readings (on Japanese internment, the atomic bomb, and analysis of the effects of the war) are duplicated from the 1997 edition, which focuses more on domestic issues. However, even casual researchers or readers will not be able to miss how much the 1940s debates on the missed intelligence clues of Pearl Harbor, the treatment of a visible ethnic minority, and the importance of morality in how a democracy conducts a war mirror our current national discussion about the war on terrorism. The timeliness of the readings and the inclusion of new topics make this revision different and thought-provoking enough to justify its purchase.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780737725889
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/29/2004
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints in World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 203
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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