United States and World War Two

United States and World War Two : The Awakening Giant

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The United States and World War II is a broad-ranging introduction to the second world war in America. The politics, diplomacy and military strategy of the war form the core of the book. Coverage of the social issues is integrated into the larger narrative and the military and political aspects are linked to the social through the overarching theme of the transforming effects of the war. The author takes a chronological approach, offering a narrative history, while highlighting and developing key thematic links through the chapters. Exemplary material substantiates thematic points and enlivens the text, while historiographical issues are addressed as appropriate throughout the narrative. Coverage is broad-ranging - the narrative begins in the late 1930s, demonstrating that an understanding of the second world war as a transforming event requires discussion of the prior state of affairs, and ends with a consideration of the legacy of the war and its continuing significance. Overall this book provides an invaluable introduction to all aspects of the American experience of World War Two.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 14mm | 180g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • maps
  • 0748615261
  • 9780748615261

About Martin H. Folly

Martin Folly is a Lecturer in American Studies at Brunel University and author of Churchill, Whitehall and the Soviet Union (Macmillan, 2000).show more

Review quote

This short, practical survey of the events leading to American entry and ultimate triumph in World War II provides an excellent introduction to this chapter of history in all its aspects ... All in all this is a first-rate introduction to the study of the United States and World War II. -- Wendy Toon Cleverly steers a route through the complex historiographical debates surrounding US involvement in World War Two. The interweaving of military and home front issues is appropriate and original, as is the collapsing of thematic treatments into the chronological structure. -- Professor John Dumbrell, Keele University This short, practical survey of the events leading to American entry and ultimate triumph in World War II provides an excellent introduction to this chapter of history in all its aspects ... All in all this is a first-rate introduction to the study of the United States and World War II. Cleverly steers a route through the complex historiographical debates surrounding US involvement in World War Two. The interweaving of military and home front issues is appropriate and original, as is the collapsing of thematic treatments into the chronological structure.show more

Table of contents

1. A Nation Unprepared; i. The US economy at the end of the 1930s; ii. Neutrality and isolationism; iii. American responses to the crises in Asia and Europe, 1937-1940; 2. Setbacks and Struggles; i. The debate on intervention: Roosevelt, America First and the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies; ii. The arsenal of democracy: the war and economic upturn; iii. The road to war: shoot-on-sight in the Atlantic, embargoes in the Pacific; 3. Awakening the Sleeping Giant; i. Forging a grand alliance; ii. "Dr New Deal" becomes "Dr Win-the-War": organising the economy for war; iii. Turning the corner; iv. Building a military machine; v. Devising a strategy for victory; vi. The strategic-diplomatic-political nexus; 4. A Nation Triumphant; i. "Why we fight": mobilising the hearts and minds of the people; ii. Race and the war; iii. Hard battles; iv. The politics of war; 5. The Problems of Victory; i. The triumph of the American economy; ii. Gender, sex and the war; iii. Strategic bombing and the morality of war; iv. Public opinion on the post-war world: the resurgence of Wilsonianism; v. The second front: progress in France, stalemate in Italy; vi. Across the Central Blue; 6. The United States and World War II; i. Politics as usual; ii. Creating a New World Order; iii. Spheres of conflict; iv. Victory; v. The Manhattan project, the atomic bomb and the end of the war; vi. The American contribution to victory; Select Bibliography.show more