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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
Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.
Table of Contents
|Who's Who||p. xviii|
|Explaining the Second World War||p. 3|
|The International Crisis||p. 13|
|The collapse of the League||p. 14|
|France and Britain||p. 17|
|America and the Soviet Union||p. 23|
|From the Rhineland to Munich||p. 25|
|Economic and Imperial Rivalry||p. 31|
|The imperial powers||p. 32|
|The 'have-not' powers||p. 35|
|The failure of 'economic appeasement'||p. 42|
|Armaments and Domestic Politics||p. 46|
|Finance, industry and labour||p. 54|
|Rearmament and domestic politics||p. 59|
|War Over Poland||p. 62|
|The aftermath of Munich||p. 62|
|The Soviet factor||p. 71|
|The outbreak of war||p. 77|
|From European to World War||p. 82|
|The war in the west||p. 82|
|The coming of world war||p. 88|
|Hitler's War?||p. 95|
|The Treaty of Versailles and Germany||p. 102|
|The Covenant of the League||p. 103|
|The search for a settlement||p. 103|
|American 'appeasement'||p. 104|
|Stalin anticipates war||p. 104|
|The 'Hossbach memorandum'||p. 105|
|Preparation for war before Munich||p. 106|
|The Munich Conference||p. 107|
|The Munich Agreement||p. 108|
|Economic pressure on Japan||p. 109|
|Mussolini's vision of empire||p. 110|
|Hitler's dream of world power||p. 111|
|Economic appeasement||p. 112|
|Britain and Germany in the Balkans||p. 112|
|The Four-Year Plan||p. 113|
|Economic dangers for Britain||p. 114|
|The crisis in France||p. 114|
|'Peace for our time'||p. 115|
|The change of mood in the west||p. 115|
|Hitler plans to crush Poland||p. 116|
|Chamberlain guarantees Poland||p. 117|
|The Franco-British 'war plan', 1939||p. 117|
|British intelligence on Germany||p. 118|
|Stalin warns the west after Munich||p. 119|
|The Franco-British failure in Moscow||p. 119|
|The Soviet reaction to German advances, 1939||p. 120|
|The German-Soviet Pact||p. 121|
|Hitler gambles on western weakness||p. 122|
|The last gasp of appeasement||p. 123|
|Bonnet's doubts about war||p. 123|
|Poland in the middle||p. 124|
|The last days of peace||p. 125|
|Chamberlain's 'awful Sunday'||p. 125|
|Berlin proposes peace||p. 126|
|The Tripartite Pact||p. 127|
|Preparation for total mobilization in Germany||p. 128|
|The Barbarossa Directive||p. 128|
|The German attack on Russia||p. 129|
|Russia raises the price for co-operation||p. 129|
|Japan decides on war||p. 130|
|Creating the new world order||p. 130|
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