World War II: A Short History

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KEY BENEFIT: This book is designed for courses on World War II, Military History, and 20th Century Europe. Highly regarded for its clarification of the complexities of World War II, the book illuminates the origins, course, and long-range effects of the war and provides a balanced account that analyzes both the European and Pacific Theaters of operations and the connections between them. The Third Edition incorporates new material from the latest literature, offering modified conclusions on key topics and ...
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Overview

KEY BENEFIT: This book is designed for courses on World War II, Military History, and 20th Century Europe. Highly regarded for its clarification of the complexities of World War II, the book illuminates the origins, course, and long-range effects of the war and provides a balanced account that analyzes both the European and Pacific Theaters of operations and the connections between them. The Third Edition incorporates new material from the latest literature, offering modified conclusions on key topics and expanding coverage throughout.
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An overview of the political, diplomatic, economic, military and human aspects of the war. Covers the events that triggered the conflict and the effects of the defeat of Germany and Japan. Presents an account of the European and Pacific theaters and the connection between them. This second edition features a section on total war and the home fronts and an updated chapter linking the war with the transformation of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the late 1980s-1990s. Includes maps and b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135011560
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

I. THE ORIGINS OF WORLD WAR II.

1. World War I: The Great Turning Point.
2. The Legacy of World War I.
3. The Rise of the Dictators.
4. The Road to War.

II. GERMANY'S MARCH OF CONQUEST.

5. Blitzkrieg in the East, Sitzkrieg in the West.
6. Complications in the North: Finland, Denmark, Norway.
7. The Fall of France.
8. Britain Is Still an Island.
9. The Plot Thickens: The Mediterranean and the Balkans.

III. THE WAR BECOMES GLOBAL.

10. Operation Barbarossa: Dream of Lebensraum.
11. Hitler's New Order in Europe.
12. America Enters the War.
13. Japan Triumphant, December 1941-May 1942.

IV. THE TIDE TURNS.

14. The Tide Turns in the Pacific.
15. The Tide Turns in Europe: Stalingrad and El Alamein.
16. Problems of a Marriage of Convenience: The Second Front Question.
17. Probing the Underbelly: Sicily and Italy.
18. War in the Atlantic.
19. Target Germany: The Allied Bombing Offensive.
20. Total War and the Home Fronts.

V. THE TRIUMPH OF THE ALLIES.

21. Russia Moves West, 1943-44.
22. Cross-Channel Invasion at Last: D Day to the German Border.
23. The End of the Thousand-Year Reich.
24. Island Hopping in the Pacific.
25. War on the Periphery: China, Burma, India.
26. The Collapse of Japan.
Aftermath.
Additional Reading.
Index.
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