ISBN-10:
0205660568
ISBN-13:
2900205660567
Pub. Date:
07/15/2009
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
World War II: A Short History / Edition 5

World War II: A Short History / Edition 5

by Michael J. Lyons
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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 expanding coverage throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900205660567
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 341
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(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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quizshow77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good overview of World War II. I know quite a bit about about World War II already, but this book, even though a generic textbook, brought up some details that were new to me. Everything related to World War II is notoriously complex; I was impressed with how well the author constructed a readable narrative without dumbing down the complexity (at least not too much.) In particular, the 1930s is a really complicated period in history. This author did a good job of fitting all the complex political maneuvers, technological developments, etc., during this decade into an understandable narrative arc.