Rethinking History, Dictatorship and War

Rethinking History, Dictatorship and War : New Approaches and Interpretations

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The contributions in this collection deal with three of the most important themes of historical studies: the way history is or ought to be written, the nature of dictatorships and the nature of wars. The primary focus is on modern Europe and two defining experiences in the first half of the twentieth century: the two world wars and totalitarian dictatorships. This volume seeks to honour Professor Richard J. Overy, one of the great historians of his generation. Richard Overy has shaped our understanding of the main themes of this volume with the publication of over 20 books - most recently, The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars (2009), The Times Complete History of the World (2007), The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia (2004). In a substantial conversation that serves as an introduction, he reflects on some of the key issues of this book.
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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 15.49mm | 480.81g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 144110710X
  • 9781441107107
  • 2,458,394

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. History, Dictatorships and War -- Richard Overy; Part I: The Way History is or Ought to be Written; 2. Mapping the Twentieth Century -- Jeremy Black; 3. Writers on a Mission -- Ulrike Ehret; 4. Regional History, Nazism and the Holocaust -- Claus-Christian W. Szejnmarm; 5. Defining 'Human Security': Roads to War and Peace -- Patricia Clavin; Part II: The Nature of Dictatorships; 6. Comparing Napoleon's Leadership Style with the Dictators of the 20th Century -- Michael Rowe; 7. The Making of German Policy towards British POWs -- Neville Wylie; 8. Comparing Nazi and Stalinist Rule in the Borderlands of Eastern Europe -- Nick Terry; Part III: War; 9. Air Power and War -- Sebastian Ritchie; 10. Why the Allies Won the Air War, 1939-1945 -- Philip Sabin; 11. What Sustained and Motivated RAF Bomber Command Aircrew in the Battle of Berlin? Contrasting Perspectives -- Nick Chapman; 12. The British Army as a Social Institution 1939-45 -- Jeremy Crang; 13. 'Oh, you can't help feeling for them'. The British security forces and the Jews in Palestine, 1945-1948 -- David Cesarani.
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Review quote

'In his introductory remarks Overy argues that it is the job of the historian to think freely and critically about the past. Most of the authors of the essays in this collection have done just that.' English Historical Review
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About Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann

Prof Claus-Christian Szejnmann is Professor of History in the Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies at the University of Loughborough. He is the co-editor (together with Olaf Jensen) of The Holocaust in Contexts series (Palgrave).
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