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World War II: A New History
     

World War II: A New History

by Evan Mawdsley
 

ISBN-10: 0521845920

ISBN-13: 9780521845922

Pub. Date: 10/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a magisterial new global history of World War II. Beginning in 1937 with the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, Evan Mawdsley shows how the origins of World War II lay in a conflict between the old international order and the new, and then traces the globalisation of the conflict as it swept through Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His primary focus is on

Overview

This is a magisterial new global history of World War II. Beginning in 1937 with the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, Evan Mawdsley shows how the origins of World War II lay in a conflict between the old international order and the new, and then traces the globalisation of the conflict as it swept through Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His primary focus is on the war's military and strategic history, though he also examines the political, economic, ideological and cultural factors which influenced the course of events. The war's consequences are examined too, in terms not only of the defeat of the Axis but also of the break-up of colonial empires and the beginning of the Cold War. Accessibly written and well-illustrated with maps and photographs, this compelling new account also includes short studies of the key figures, events and battles that shaped the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521845922
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
498
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 1

1 The world in 1937 10

2 Japan and China, 1937-1940 52

3 Hitler's border wars, 1938-1939 74

4 Germany re-fights World War I, 1939-1940 104

5 Wars of ideology, 1941-1942 134

6 The Red Army versus the Wehrmacht, 1941-1944 164

7 Japan's lunge for empire, 1941-1942 188

8 Defending the perimeter: Japan, 1942-1944 214

9 The 'world ocean' and Allied victory, 1939-1945 248

10 The European periphery, 1940-1944 284

11 Wearing down Germany, 1942-1944 320

12 Victory in Europe, 1944-1945 364

13 End and beginning in Asia, 1945 406

14 Conclusion 438

Further reading 452

Notes 470

Index 476

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