World War II: A History in Documentsby James H. Madison
Pub. Date: 11/13/2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
World War II: A History in Documents illustrates the major themes and issues of the Second World War, including its causes, course, and consequences. Paying attention to both the European and Pacific Theatersas well as to homefront and battle front issuesauthor James H. Madison blends discussions of diplomacy and strategy with insights into the… See more details below
World War II: A History in Documents illustrates the major themes and issues of the Second World War, including its causes, course, and consequences. Paying attention to both the European and Pacific Theatersas well as to homefront and battle front issuesauthor James H. Madison blends discussions of diplomacy and strategy with insights into the lives of ordinary people around the world, including factory workers, soldiers, mothers, propagandists, political leaders, and survivors.
Set in thoughtful contexts, these powerful and telling documents encourage students to compare different nations and cultures at war and to think critically about twentieth century history. The documents include such diverse items as American political cartoons, combat memoirs of American GIs, a call for Canadian women war workers, popular American songs, an interview with a Tuskegee Airman, Eisenhower's D-Day message, Russian propaganda posters, the diary of a German teenager, a memoir of Japanese-American internment, a painting of an Australian bomber crew, newspaperman Ernie Pyle's reports to the home front, the last letter from a Japanese kamikaze pilot, and testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
World War II: A History in Documents includes a picture essay on propaganda posters and numerous graphics (posters, photographs, maps, etc.) throughout, which also serve as documents. Offering a global and multifaceted perspective of World War II, this diverse collection of textual and visual documents is ideal for undergraduate courses in World War II and military history.
Table of Contents
What is a Document?
How to Read a Document
Note on Sources and Interpretation
1. To War, Again
From Appeasement to War
Dark Days for the Allies
2. Fighting Men and Women
Men and Women in War
Killing and Death
Atrocity, War Crimes, Limitlessness
3. Mobilizing for Total War
4. Home Front Sacrifice and Morale
Food and Rationing
Bombing of Civilians
Fun on the Home Fronts
5. Picture Essay: Wartime Posters Send the Message
6. Turning Points toward Allied Victory
The Second Front
From Hunger to a Better World?
8. War Memories
The "Good War" and Other Memories
Atrocities and Apologies
Museums and Memorials
About the Author
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