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Competing Voices from World War II in Europe: Fighting Words
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Competing Voices from World War II in Europe: Fighting Words

by Harold J. Goldberg
 

Obviously, there are many books written about World War II—but very few of them present 'competing voices'. Written for college-bound high-school students, first- and second-year undergraduates and general readers of military history, Competing Voices from World War II in Europe highlights the different perspectives and views of all belligerents in the

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Obviously, there are many books written about World War II—but very few of them present 'competing voices'. Written for college-bound high-school students, first- and second-year undergraduates and general readers of military history, Competing Voices from World War II in Europe highlights the different perspectives and views of all belligerents in the military arena, as well as describing the impact of the war on daily life.

The book begins in 1939 (with the invasion of Poland) and ends in 1945 (with Germany's surrender). However, an introductory chapter puts the war in perspective by examining key events preceding the invasion of Poland, and a concluding chapter looks at the controversy surrounding the Nuremberg Trials after the end of hostilities. Though well-known, the main events of the war often remain controversial, and minor events are still relatively unexplored. Though it is often assumed that Allied victory was inevitable, and that all the Allies worked together in a seamless fashion, this book provides evidence that contradicts these basic concepts. Presented with directly reported sources, together with all the contextual information, readers will be able to develop their own opinions about events such as the Munich Conference, the defeat of France, the debate over a second front, the D-Day events of 1944, the development of Soviet-American relations throughout the war and the origins of the Cold War.

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From the Publisher
"This amazingly valuable book, which presents objective documentation rather than subjective interpretation, is essential for all history collections." - Library Journal

"Recommended for college and high-school libraries." - Booklist

"This quite interesting book explores the events of World War II by using contemporary, primary sources from both the Axis and Allied sides. Newspaper headlines, government documents and military statements, and the testimonies of people involved in or swept up in the war lend immediacy to historic events, and make it clear that the Allied victory was anything but inevitable. An introductory chapter examines events leading up to Germany's invasion of Poland, and a concluding chapter looks at the controversies surrounding the Nuremberg war trials." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846450334
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Series:
Fighting Words Series
Pages:
319
Sales rank:
1,361,747
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

HAROLD J. GOLDBERG is Professor of History at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee

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