The Second World War

The Second World War

by A. W. Purdue

Hardcover(2nd ed. 2011)

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The Second World War ended the Nazi attempt to establish Germany as the dominant power in Europe and the world and Japan's aim of controlling South East Asia and the Pacific. It also resulted in the creation of two super-powers and led to the Cold War.


A.W. Purdue provides one of the most concise yet comprehensive accounts of the entire course of World War II, covering both the European and the Asian Pacific conflicts. Thoroughly revised and updated in the light of the latest scholarship, this second edition of an established text:


- challenges accepted views and reassesses the war, rejecting the simplistic concept of a "war against fascism"

- discusses the historiography and critically analyzes key themes and issues, as well as examining current debates

- considers changes in popular attitudes to the Second World War.


Ideal for students and general readers alike, this is an essential introduction to the causes, nature and significance of World War II from the perspective of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230279353
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Series: European History in Perspective
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A.W. PURDUE isVisiting Professor in History at the University of Northumbria, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Maps.- Chronology.- Maps.- Preface.- Introduction.- The Origins of the Second World War.- A European War.- A World War?.- Behind the Lines.- Roads to Victory 1943-44.- Unconditional Surrender.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Annotated Bibliography.- Index.

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