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The Origins of the Second World War



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This book is an ideal introduction to this much-studied topic, written by a major name in the field. The previous editions sold over 37,000 copies The author is a leading authority on the subject The Second World War is a very popular subject among the general reader

Author Biography

Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xiv
Who's Whop. xviii
Glossaryp. xxiv
Mapsp. xxix
Backgroundp. 1
Explaining the Second World Warp. 3
Analysisp. 11
The International Crisisp. 13
The collapse of the Leaguep. 14
France and Britainp. 17
America and the Soviet Unionp. 23
From the Rhineland to Munichp. 25
Economic and Imperial Rivalryp. 31
The imperial powersp. 32
The 'have-not' powersp. 35
The failure of 'economic appeasement'p. 42
Armaments and Domestic Politicsp. 46
Rearmamentp. 46
Finance, industry and labourp. 54
Rearmament and domestic politicsp. 59
War Over Polandp. 62
The aftermath of Munichp. 62
The Soviet factorp. 71
The outbreak of warp. 77
From European to World Warp. 82
The war in the westp. 82
Barbarossap. 85
The coming of world warp. 88
Assessmentp. 93
Hitler's War?p. 95
Documentsp. 101
The Treaty of Versailles and Germanyp. 102
The Covenant of the Leaguep. 103
The search for a settlementp. 103
American 'appeasement'p. 104
Stalin anticipates warp. 104
The 'Hossbach memorandum'p. 105
Preparation for war before Munichp. 106
The Munich Conferencep. 107
The Munich Agreementp. 108
Economic pressure on Japanp. 109
Mussolini's vision of empirep. 110
Hitler's dream of world powerp. 111
Economic appeasementp. 112
Britain and Germany in the Balkansp. 112
The Four-Year Planp. 113
Economic dangers for Britainp. 114
The crisis in Francep. 114
'Peace for our time'p. 115
The change of mood in the westp. 115
Hitler plans to crush Polandp. 116
Chamberlain guarantees Polandp. 117
The Franco-British 'war plan', 1939p. 117
British intelligence on Germanyp. 118
Stalin warns the west after Munichp. 119
The Franco-British failure in Moscowp. 119
The Soviet reaction to German advances, 1939p. 120
The German-Soviet Pactp. 121
Hitler gambles on western weaknessp. 122
The last gasp of appeasementp. 123
Bonnet's doubts about warp. 123
Poland in the middlep. 124
The last days of peacep. 125
Chamberlain's 'awful Sunday'p. 125
Berlin proposes peacep. 126
The Tripartite Pactp. 127
Preparation for total mobilization in Germanyp. 128
The Barbarossa Directivep. 128
The German attack on Russiap. 129
Russia raises the price for co-operationp. 129
Japan decides on warp. 130
Creating the new world orderp. 130
Referencesp. 133
Indexp. 145
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