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World War II : A Short History,9780130954770

World War II : A Short History

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0130954772
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Pub. Date:
6/1/1998
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

KEY BENEFIT: This book is designed for courses on World War II, Military History, and 20th Century Europe. Highly regarded for its clarification of the complexities of World War II, the book illuminates the origins, course, and long-range effects of the war and provides a balanced account that analyzes both the European and Pacific Theaters of operations and the connections between them. The Third Edition incorporates new material from the latest literature, offering modified conclusions on key topics and expanding coverage throughout.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
THE ORIGINS OF WORLD WAR II 1(65)
1. World War I: The Great Turning Point
1(12)
The Social, Political, and Economic Climate in Europe Prior to World War I
1(1)
The Growth of Rivalry among European Nations
2(1)
The Seeds of Conflict in Europe
3(1)
The War Spreads
4(1)
Miscalculations and Illusions
5(1)
A Long and Bloody Deadlock
6(2)
The Resort to Total War
8(1)
The Territorial Imperative
9(1)
Revolution in Russia
9(1)
The U.S. Role
10(1)
An End to the Nightmare
11(2)
2. The Legacy of World War I
13(16)
The Peace of Paris
13(6)
Other Treaties and Territorial Changes
19(2)
Reactions to the New Arrangements
21(2)
Economic Repercussions
23(1)
Political Realignments
24(1)
The Rise of the Land of the Rising Sun
25(2)
Seeking Balance between East and West
27(1)
A Fragile Optimism
28(1)
3. The Rise of the Dictators
29(20)
The Emergence of Totalitarianism
29(1)
Lenin and the Bolsheviks
30(3)
The Stalinist Era in the Soviet Union
33(1)
Fascism in Italy
34(4)
Hitler and the Nazis in Germany
38(3)
The Weimar Republic in Crisis
41(2)
The Third Reich Takes Form
43(2)
The Fuhrer at the Helm
45(1)
The Transformation of Japan
46(3)
4. The Road to War
49(17)
Japanese Aggression on the Asian Mainland
49(3)
Hitler's Plans for Europe
52(2)
Reactions of Neighboring Nations
54(1)
Ploys and Counterploys
55(2)
Civil War in Spain
57(1)
Germany on the Offensive
58(2)
The Dilemma of Czechoslovakia
60(2)
A Change of Policy in the West
62(1)
Crisis over Poland
63(3)
GERMANY'S MARCH OF CONQUEST 66(48)
5. Blitzkrieg in the East, Sitzkrieg in the West
66(11)
Differing Approaches to War
66(4)
A Patchwork of Strengths and Weaknesses
70(1)
The First Blitzkrieg: Germany's Invasion of Poland
71(3)
A Phony War of Real Danger
74(3)
6. Complications in the North: Finland, Denmark, Norway
77(8)
The Russo-Finnish War
77(2)
Focus on Scandinavia
79(2)
The Conquest of Denmark and Norway
81(4)
7. The Fall of France
85(10)
Comparative Military Strength
85(1)
The Politics of Military Leadership
86(1)
Sweep through the Low Countries
87(4)
The Conquest of France
91(4)
8. Britain Is Still an Island
95(9)
What to Do about Britain?
95(1)
Planning the Attack
96(1)
Defending against the Luftwaffe
97(2)
The Battle of Britain
99(5)
9. The Plot Thickens: The Mediterranean and the Balkans
104(10)
Extending the War Southward
104(2)
North Africa: The Desert War
106(3)
The Balkan Campaigns
109(3)
The Quick Conquest of Crete
112(1)
The Germans in Control
112(2)
THE WAR BECOMES GLOBAL 114(47)
10. Operation Barbarossa: Dream of Lebensraum
114(11)
The Decision to Invade the USSR
114(1)
Military Strengths and Weaknesses
115(1)
Objectives and Strategy
116(1)
The Spectacular Invasion Begins
117(5)
Weather and the Soviets Turn the Tide
122(3)
11. Hitler's New Order in Europe
125(13)
The Greater German Empire
125(1)
The "Jewish Question"
126(3)
German Treatment of Other Non-Aryans
129(3)
Occupation Policies in the Soviet Union
132(2)
Nazi Policy toward Other Europeans
134(2)
Resistance Movements
136(1)
Horror as State Policy
136(2)
12. America Enters the War
138(12)
Franklin Roosevelt
138(1)
A Cautious Approach
139(1)
Growing U.S. Support for Britain
140(1)
Deterioration of U.S.-Japanese Relations
141(1)
Japanese Intentions in Asia
142(2)
American Diplomatic Reactions
144(1)
Preparations for War in the Pacific
145(2)
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
147(2)
The United States at War
149(1)
13. Japan Triumphant, December 1941-May 1942
150(11)
Japanese Military Strength
150(1)
War in Southeast Asia and the Pacific
151(2)
The Philippine Debacle
153(3)
The Conquest of Malaya
156(3)
The East Indies: Dutch No More
159(1)
The Allies Take a Beating in Burma
159(2)
THE TIDE TURNS 161(83)
14. The Tide Turns in the Pacific
161(11)
Japanese Strategy
161(1)
American Operations
162(1)
Battle of the Coral Sea
163(1)
Battle of Midway
164(2)
Small Victories, Big Defeats
166(1)
Battles for the Solomon Islands
166(5)
American Attitudes toward the Japanese
171(1)
15. The Tide Turns in Europe: Stalingrad and El Alamein
172(12)
New German Goals in the USSR
172(3)
The Long Struggle for Stalingrad
175(2)
The "Sideshow" in North Africa
177(2)
Rommel Drives into Egypt
179(5)
16. Problems of a Marriage of Convenience: The Second Front Question
184(11)
Two's Company, Three's a Coalition
184(1)
Allied Differences on Strategy
185(3)
The Allied Invasion of French North Africa
188(2)
The Tunisian Campaign
190(2)
The Final Push in Tunisia
192(3)
17. Probing the Underbelly: Sicily and Italy
195(9)
The Allied Invasion of Sicily
195(3)
Consequences of Allied Success in Sicily
198(1)
Onto the Mainland
198(3)
Changes in Allied Command and Strategy
201(3)
18. War in the Atlantic
204(12)
The Balance of Power at Sea
204(1)
The U-Boat: Key to Victory?
205(2)
Combating German Undersea Power
207(1)
The Struggle for the Mediterranean
208(2)
The Battle of the Atlantic Continues
210(1)
Bismarck's First and Last Voyage
211(1)
Crisis and Resolution in the North Atlantic
212(2)
War in the Arctic Ocean
214(1)
No Guaranteed Victory
215(1)
19. Target Germany: The Allied Bombing Offensive
216(11)
Strategic Bombing
216(2)
Britain Takes the Offensive
218(1)
The Americans Join In
219(1)
The Destruction of Hamburg
220(1)
The Allies Regain the Upper Hand
221(4)
Was It All Worthwhile?
225(2)
20. Total War and the Home Fronts
227(17)
Germany: From Limited Liability to Total War
227(3)
Britain: Toward Total Mobilization
230(3)
The American Giant Awakens
233(5)
The Soviets Rebound from Disaster
238(3)
Japan: Conflict of Interest
241(3)
THE TRIUMPH OF THE ALLIES 244(73)
21. Russia Moves West, 1943-44
244(9)
The Germans on the Defensive
244(1)
Operation Citadel
245(2)
The Germans Begin to Crumble
247(1)
The Soviets Roll On
248(1)
The Warsaw Uprising
249(1)
Soviet Successes in the Baltic States and the Balkans
250(3)
22. Cross-Channel Invasion at Last: D Day to the German Border
253(12)
Teheran and Allied Strategy
254(1)
Preparing for the Invasion
254(2)
The Invasion Begins
256(3)
An Attempt on Hitler's Life
259(1)
The Allies Break Out
259(1)
The Southern Invasion: Anvil-Dragoon
260(1)
The Allies' Swift Advance
261(2)
The Push to Cross the Rhine
263(2)
23. The End of the Thousand-Year Reich
265(14)
The Battle of the Bulge
265(3)
The Struggle for the Colmar Pocket
268(1)
The Soviet Assault on Poland and Beyond
268(3)
The Yalta Conference
271(1)
The Allied Drive to the Rhine
271(2)
Crushing the Axis in Italy
273(1)
The Allies Overrun the Reich
274(3)
The Bitter End
277(2)
24. Island Hopping in the Pacific
279(13)
Questions of Strategy and Leadership
279(3)
American Moves in the North Pacific
282(1)
Action in the Southwest Theater
282(2)
Pushing along New Guinea's Coast
284(1)
A Chain around Rabaul
285(1)
The Central Pacific Offensive
286(1)
The Taking of Tarawa and Makin
286(1)
The Leap to Kwajalein
287(1)
The Neutralization of Truk
288(1)
Assault on the Marianas
289(3)
25. War on the Periphery: China, Burma, India
292(8)
The Chinese Situation
292(2)
British Raids on Burma
294(1)
India's Internal Instability
295(2)
Allied Sequabbles over Strategy
297(1)
The Campaign to Retake Burma
297(2)
A Change of Plans for China
299(1)
26. The Collapse of Japan
300(17)
The Return to the Philippines
300(1)
The Battle of Leyte Gulf
301(3)
Progress on Land
304(1)
The Agonizing Fight for Iwo Jima
305(2)
The Costly Struggle for Okinawa
307(3)
The Pacific Submarine War
310(1)
Fire from the Sky
311(1)
Both Sides Woo the Soviets
312(1)
Advent of a New Age: The Atomic Bomb
312(2)
Forcing Japan's Surrender
314(1)
Postmortem: Was Atomic Force Necessary?
315(2)
Aftermath
317(15)
The Physical Costs of World War II
317(1)
Prosecuting War Criminals
318(1)
Political Repercussions
319(1)
Soviet Influence in Eastern Europe
320(2)
U.S. Aid to Western Europe
322(1)
The Cold War
323(2)
The Spread of Democracy
325(1)
Civil War in China
326(1)
Events in Korea Lead to War
327(1)
Withdrawal from Empire
328(1)
The End of the Cold War and the Soviet Union
328(4)
Additional Reading
332(19)
General
332(1)
Chapter 1
333(1)
Chapter 2
333(1)
Chapter 3
334(1)
Chapter 4
335(1)
Chapter 5
336(1)
Chapter 6
337(1)
Chapter 7
337(1)
Chapter 8
338(1)
Chapter 9
338(1)
Chapter 10
339(1)
Chapter 11
339(1)
Chapter 12
340(1)
Chapter 13
341(1)
Chapter 14
341(1)
Chapter 15
342(1)
Chapter 16
342(1)
Chapter 17
343(1)
Chapter 18
343(1)
Chapter 19
344(1)
Chapter 20
344(1)
Chapter 21
345(1)
Chapter 22
346(1)
Chapter 23
346(1)
Chapter 24
347(1)
Chapter 25
347(1)
Chapter 26
348(1)
Aftermath
348(3)
Index 351


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