Struggle for Survival

Struggle for Survival : History of the Second World War

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"Struggle for Survival" is a wide-ranging study of World War II. It examines the causes of the war, how it was won and lost and its consequences for humanity with unusual impartiality. Dr Parker begins by outlining the strategies of the participants, the economies and societies that underlay them and the strengths and weaknesses of the various fighting forces. He describes the most important battles of the war, together with the reasons for their outcome. Writing from an international perspective, he provides an impartial view of the sometimes uneasy relationship between Britain and America. In pointing to the War's after-effects, he discusses the coming of the Cold War, and the lessening of European influence on other continents. In addition to his clear analysis of the conflict in military, diplomatic and economic terms, the author also considers the impact of the war on ordinary men and women, highlighting two controversial issues: strategic bombing and the mass murder of the European Jews.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16 pp halftones, 14 maps, bibliography
  • 019289112X
  • 9780192891129

Table of contents

Hitler, Germany and the origins of the European war; German conquest of Poland, Norway, the Low Countries and France; Britain alone; Operation Barbarossa - the German attack on the Soviet Union; the United States enters the war - the origins of the Japanese attack; Japanese victories and disappointments - December 1941 to August 1942; the end of German expansion - the Atlantic, North Africa and Russia, 1942-1943; Anglo-American strategies for victory; economies at war; strategic bombing; morale; driving back the Germans - North Africa, Italy and Russia; D-Day and victory in Europe; the defeat of Japan and the atom bomb; from war to peace - Anglo-American relations; from alliance to Cold War - the Soviet Union and the West; the impact of war - the murder of the European Jews; the impact of war - casualties, crisis and change.
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About R. A. C. Parker

About the Author: R.A.C. Parker is Fellow, Tutor, and Praelector in Modern History at Queen's College, Oxford. He is the author of Europe 1919-1945.
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