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From highly respected field academic Gordon Martel, The World War Two Reader is a rare work that provides a complete and up-to-date overview of the recent historiography on World War Two.

Huge in scope, both geographically and thematically, this excellent reader examines twenty-one articles by some of the best known and most innovative scholars in the field. Taking a global approach, Martel discusses all aspects of the war including:

  • the military aspect
  • the political and strategic backdrop
  • ideology
  • gender and women’s roles
  • the home front
  • social aspects.

Including a comprehensive introduction, chronology, guides to key terms and figures, and introductions to chapters providing context and historiographical background, The World War Two Reader provides wide ranging and innovative reading for all students of the history of the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

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'An impressive array of recent research completed by some of the most groundbreaking historians writing on the Second War. The nineteen essays found in this skillfully edited and presented anthology illuminate interpretations that shape and guide current scholarship....The collection brings this rich scholarship to students and interested readers in a clear and accessible format. ' - Michael J. Galgano, Journal of Military History

'One chapter of particular interest on the British Army is by Professor David French entitled 'You cannot hate the bastard who is trying to kill you...' - Alan Jeffreys, Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415224024
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Routledge Readers in History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Martel is Professor and Chair of History at the University of North British Columbia. His books for Routledge include Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered (1999) and American Foreign Relations Reconsidered: 1890-1993 (1994).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Strategy : failures, shocks , and mythologies 1
1 The fall France, 1940 7
2 Mobilization for total war in Germany 1939-1941 40
3 Hiroshima : a strategy of shock 65
4 Ideology, calculation, and improvisation : spheres of influence and Soviet foreign policy 1939-1945 85
5 The Third Reich reflected : German civil administration in the occupied Soviet Union, 1941-4 105
Pt. 2 Soldiers : ideology, race , and gender 141
6 This is the army : imagining a democratic military in World War II 145
7 'You cannot hate the bastard who is trying to kill you...' : combat and ideology in the British army in the war against Germany, 1939-45 180
8 "Ordinary men" or "ideological soldiers" : police battalion 310 in Russia, 1942 200
9 Race, language, and war in two cultures : World War II in Asia 226
10 Women in combat : the World War II experience in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and the Soviet Union 250
Pt. 3 Home fronts : people, places, and politics 273
11 Nazism, modern war and rural society in Wurttemberg, 1939-45 279
12 Partisanes and gender politics in Vichy France 296
13 War and social history : Britain and the home front during the Second World War 317
14 The politics of sacrifice on the American home front in World War II 336
15 Female desires : the meaning of World War II 359
Pt. 4 Memories : victims, heroes and controversies 383
16 Victims of genocide and national memory : Belgium, France and the Netherlands 1945-1965 389
17 Making histories : experiencing the Blitz in London's museums in the 1990s 422
18 Saving Private Ryan and postwar memory in America 435
19 For transformative knowledge and postnationalist public spheres : the Smithsonian Enola Gay controversy 449
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