The Second World War

The Second World War : A Short History

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A history of World War II, and an examination of its causes, how it was won and lost, and its far-reaching consequences for humanity. In tracing the key events of both the European and the Far Eastern wars, R.A.C. Parker outlines the strategies of the participants, the economies and societies that underlay them, and the strengths and weaknesses of their fighting forces. He describes the decisive battles and analyzes the reasons for their outcome, paying close attention to special features of the war: mobile warfare, forced migration, the Holocaust, strategic and nuclear bombing. Unlike many other histories of the war, this book places British and European involvement squarely in an international perspective, and the author never shies away from raising fundamental questions. This book is intended for A-level and undergraduate students of modern history, and general readers interested in the history of World War II.show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • plates, maps, bibliography & index
  • 0192892851
  • 9780192892850

Table of contents

Preface. Contents. List of Plates. List of Maps. 1: Hitler, Germany, and the origins of the European war. 2: German conquest of Poland, Norway, the Low Countries, and France. 3: Britain alone. 4: Operation BARBAROSSA: the German attack on the Soviet Union. 5: The United States enters the war: the origins of the Japanese attack. 6: Japanese victories and disappointments: December 1941 to August 1942. 7: The end of German expansion: the Atlantic, North Africa, and Russia, 1942-1943. 8: Anglo-American strategies for victory. 9: Economies at war. 10: Strategic bombing. 11: Morale. 12: Driving back the Germans: North Africa, Italy, and Russia. 13: D-Day and victory in Europe. 14: The defeat of Japan and the atom bomb. 15: From war to peace: Anglo-American relations. 16: From alliance to Cold War: the Soviet Union and the West. 17: The impact of war: the murder of the European Jews. 18: The impact of war: casualties, crisis, and change. Note on quotations. Book list. Indexshow more

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"Based on a matchless knowledge of the documents, he provides an authoritative treatment of military, diplomatic, and economic aspects, written with great force and insight. As a one-volume survey, it is unlikely to be surpassed...a magnificent achievement, a tour de force."--Kenneth O. Morgan, New Statesman and Soceity"A miracle of compression compared with the rest of the horde of general histories."--Guardian"Parker alights unerringly on the salient campaigns and issues, and considers them with consistent style and insight."--Times Educational Supplement"The most balanced view of the causes and courses of the Second World War."--Field Marshal Lord Carver, Times Literary Supplement"Written in clear and elegant English...a masterful account of the Second World War in all its different spheres. It is scrupulously fair, illuminated by an engaging sense of humour...and gives an entirely balanced view of the varying contributions of the different powers engaged."--Richard Cobb, The Spectatorshow more

About R.A.C. Parker

About the Author: Alastair Parker is Fellow, Tutor, and Praelector in Modern History at Queen's College, Oxford. He is the author of Europe 1919-1945 and Chamberlain and Appeasement: British Policy and the Coming of the Second World War.show more

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