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World War II in Europe A Concise History



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WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY offers readers an engaging, clear, and comprehensive overview of the war that includes all of the key concepts, recent scholarship, and, where applicable, conflicting interpretations, while avoiding the complex data and schemata that tend to overwhelm non-specialists. Special attention is given to the human experience during the war, including extensive coverage of the Holocaust, and numerous quotations from relevant primary sources are integrated throughout the narrative, bringing the events to life. The text also covers the war's lasting effects on European history as well as population transfers, the treatment of collaborators and war criminals, the ordeal of Jewish survivors, changing German responses to the Nazi era, the emergence of the Cold War, and steps toward European integration.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Hitler's Warp. 1
The Legacy of World War Ip. 2
The Rise of the Nazisp. 4
The New German Republicp. 4
Adolf Hitler: The Early Yearsp. 5
Hitler's Worldviewp. 6
The Nazis in Powerp. 9
The Breakdown of Peacep. 12
Hitler's Foreign Policy Aimsp. 12
Tearing Up the Versailles Treatyp. 14
German and Italian Aggressions, 1935-1939p. 16
Czechoslovakia: The Apex of Appeasementp. 17
Poland: The Final Crisisp. 19
Chronologyp. 20
Notesp. 21
The German Blitzkrieg, 1939-1940p. 22
The Invasion of Polandp. 23
Mechanized Warfare: A New Military Tacticp. 23
The Defeat of Polandp. 24
The Conquest of Denmark and Norwayp. 27
The Low Countries and Francep. 28
Prewar French Strategyp. 28
The German Offensivep. 29
The German Conquest of Western Europe, 1940p. 30
Through the Ardennesp. 31
The French in a Routp. 32
The "Miracle of Dunkirk"p. 34
The Fall of Francep. 36
Reasons for France's Defeatp. 39
The Battle of Britainp. 43
Fighter Command and Britain's Air Defensep. 44
Nazi Germany's First Defeatp. 47
Chronologyp. 49
Notesp. 49
Operation Barbarossap. 51
The Balkans Firstp. 52
The Opening Phasep. 54
A War of Annihilationp. 54
German Successesp. 58
Operation Barbarossa and the Eastern Front, 1941p. 61
Soviet Resilience and German Miscalculationsp. 64
Russian Tenacity and Couragep. 64
Unforeseen Challengesp. 66
Stalin's Continued Terrorp. 70
The Wehrmacht Thwarted: Moscow and Leningradp. 72
At the Gates of Moscowp. 72
A Soviet Counterattackp. 74
The Epic Siege of Leningradp. 79
The Tide Turns: Stalingradp. 81
More German Conquestsp. 81
Operation Bluep. 82
Urban Warfarep. 84
The Death of the Sixth Armyp. 86
Kursk: Germany's Last Offensive on Soviet Soilp. 90
Soviet Preparationsp. 91
A Stalled German Offensivep. 92
No Prospect of a German Victoryp. 94
Hitler and His Generalsp. 94
The Momentum Changesp. 96
Chronologyp. 98
Notesp. 99
The Racial Empire: Exploitation, Enslavement, Exterminationp. 102
Exploitation and Terrorp. 103
Forced Laborp. 104
Occupied Polandp. 107
Occupied Soviet Unionp. 110
The Holocaust: The Extermination of European Jewryp. 112
The SS Mentalityp. 113
Mobile Death Squadsp. 114
Extermination Campsp. 119
Main Deportation Centersp. 121
The Uniqueness of the Holocaustp. 125
The German People and the Holocaustp. 126
Germanyp. 126
Austriap. 130
Europe, America, and the Holocaustp. 131
Complicityp. 131
Righteous Gentilesp. 135
Bombing of Auschwitz Controversyp. 138
The Vatican's Policy of Silencep. 139
Collaboration with the Nazis in Occupied Europep. 140
Resistance Movementsp. 143
Notesp. 151
War on Other Frontsp. 155
Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943p. 156
The U-Boats' "Happy Time"p. 157
Coping with the Threatp. 160
The North African Campaignp. 164
Rommel and the Afrika Korpsp. 165
Containing the Desert Foxp. 167
American Entryp. 170
Driving the Axis from North Africap. 172
The Italian Campaignp. 173
Invasion of Sicilyp. 174
Rome under Nazi Occupationp. 175
Invasion of the Mainland: Salernop. 177
Anzio: Bloody Stalematep. 180
Cassino: Costly Breakoutp. 182
The Italian Campaign: A Wasteful Diversion?p. 184
The Air War: 1941 to D-Dayp. 185
Precision and Area Bombingp. 185
Was It Worth It?p. 188
The Home Frontp. 190
Sustaining Morale and Coping with Hardshipp. 190
The "Blitz"p. 191
The War and Womenp. 193
Chronologyp. 196
Notesp. 197
Invasion: From the Atlantic Wall to the Siegfried Linep. 199
The Landing at Normandyp. 200
Preparationp. 200
D-Dayp. 202
Rommel and the Atlantic Wallp. 203
Omaha Beach: A Near Disasterp. 205
Allied Successp. 207
Struggling to Break Outp. 210
Cherbourg and Bocage Countryp. 211
Caenp. 212
Tlie Falaise Pocketp. 215
Liberationp. 220
Temporary Stalemate on the Western Frontp. 223
German Recoveryp. 223
German Military Resurgence: Market Garden, Aachen, Huertgen Forest, Metzp. 226
Advance to the German Border, July 24-December 15, 1944p. 227
Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Last Gamblep. 231
Hitler's Goals and Strategyp. 231
Initial Successp. 232
American Resistance and German Defeatp. 234
Chronologyp. 237
Notesp. 238
The End of the Third Reichp. 241
German Morale: Ambivalent, Fanatic, Fatalistp. 241
Red Army on the Offensivep. 245
Operation Bagrationp. 246
World War II: The European Theatrep. 247
Beyond the Soviet Union's Bordersp. 248
The Drive into Germany from the Westp. 249
The Rhinelandp. 249
Montgomery's Crossing of the Rhinep. 251
Saturation Bombingp. 251
The Ruhr and Beyondp. 253
Victory in Italyp. 256
Unconditional Surrender: Prolonging the War?p. 257
Liberating Concentration Campsp. 258
The Drive into Germany from the Eastp. 263
The Vistula Offensive: Poland and the Reichp. 263
Soviet Retribution and German Flightp. 264
To the Bitter Endp. 267
Soviet Advance and Goebbels' Desperate Appealsp. 267
Nazi Terrorp. 269
The Bunker: A Delusional Hitlerp. 270
The Storming of Berlin: The Last Battlep. 272
The End of Hitler and His Third Reichp. 277
Chronologyp. 280
Notesp. 281
The Aftermath, Legacy, and Meaning of the Warp. 283
Death Tollp. 286
Material Damagep. 286
Population Transfers and Ethnic Cleansingp. 287
Retribution for Collaboratorsp. 288
War Crimes Trialsp. 290
Jewish Survivorsp. 295
The New (West) Germany: Overcoming the Pastp. 299
The Reality of Total Defeatp. 299
Konrad Adenauer: Architect of the New West Germanyp. 301
Facing Responsibilityp. 302
Enduring Myths: A Defensive War and the Wehrmacht's Clean Handsp. 307
The German Clergy in the Confession Boothp. 310
Emergence of the Cold Warp. 312
European Unityp. 313
The Demise of European Imperialismp. 314
The War and Western Consciousnessp. 314
Notesp. 318
Selected Bibiliographyp. 321
Indexp. 325
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