The Origins of the Second World War

The Origins of the Second World War

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The book explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941. The war has usually been seen simply as Hitler's war and yet the wider conflict that broke out when Germany invaded Poland was not the war that Hitler wanted. He had hoped for a short war against Poland; instead, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Richard Overy argues that any explanation of the outbreak of hostilities must therefore be multi-national and he shows how the war's origins are to be found in the basic instability of the international system that was brought about by the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers, Italy, Germany and Japan, keen to build new empires of their more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 19.05mm | 476g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1138835218
  • 9781138835214

About R. J. Overy

Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has authored 17 books on the Third Reich, the Second World War and air warfare which include:The Air War 1939-1945 (2nd ed, 2006), Why the Allies Won (2nd ed, 2006) and The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia (2004) which won both the Wolfson and the Hessell Tiltman Prizes for History in more

Table of contents

(Current edition) PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND 1. Explaining the Second World War PART TWO: ANALYSIS 2. The International Crisis The collapse of the League France and Britain America and the Soviet Union From the Rhineland to Munich 3. Economic and Imperial Rivalry The imperial powers The 'have-not' powers The failure of 'Economic Appeasement' 4. Armaments and Domestic Politics Rearmament Finance, industry and labour Rearmament and domestic politics 5. War Over Poland The aftermath of Munich The Soviet factor The outbreak of the war 6. From European to World War The war in the west Barbarossa The coming of world war PART THREE: ASSESSMENT 7. Hitler's War? PART FOUR: DOCUMENTSshow more

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