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Companion to the Second World War II

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A Companion to World War II brings together a series of fresh academic perspectives on World War II, exploring the many cultural, social, and political contexts of the war. Essay topics range from American anti-Semitism to the experiences of French-African soldiers, providing nearly 60 new contributions to the genre arranged across two comprehensive volumes. A collection of original historiographic essays that include cutting-edge research Analyzes the roles of neutral nations during the war Examines the war from the bottom up through the experiences of different social classes Covers the causes, key battles, and consequences of the war

Author Biography

Thomas W. Zeiler is Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The editor of the journal Diplomatic History and former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, he is the author of Unconditional Defeat: Japan, America, and the End of World War II (2004), Ambassadors in Pinstripes: The Spalding World Baseball Tour and the Birth of the American Empire (2006), American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, Third Edition (2007), and Annihilation: A Global Military History of World War II (2010).

Daniel M. DuBois is a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the assistant editor of the journal Diplomatic History.

Table of Contents

I. Roots of War

1. Gerhard L. Weinberg, “How a Second World War Came”

2. Frédéric Dessberg, “The Versailles Peace Settlement and the Collective Security System”

3. John E. Moser, “The Great Depression”

4. Christopher O’Sullivan, “Colonialism in Asia”

5. R.J.B. Bosworth, “Visionaries of Expansion”

6. Alexander Hill, “Soviet War Effort: 1928-1941”

II. Fighting the War

7. Brian P. Farrell, “Japanese Early Attack”

8. Gary R. Hess, “War and Empire: The Transformation of Southern Asia”

9. Maochun Yu, “CBI – An Historiographical Overview”

10. Robert M. Citino, “Fascist Assault, 1939-41”

11. Mark Edele, “Militaries Compared: Wehrmacht and Red Army, 1941-45”

12. Randall Wakelam, “The Bombers: The Strategic Bombing of Germany and Japan”

13. Olli Vehviläinen, “Scandinavian Campaigns”

14. Barbara Brooks Tomblin, “Naval War in the Mediterranean”

15. Ashley Jackson, “Ocean War”

16. Kevin Smith, “Maritime War: Combat, Management, and Memory”

17. Simon Davis, “The Middle East and the Second World War”

18. Christopher R. Gabel, “The Western Front: 1944-45”

19. Kenneth Slepyan, “Battle Fronts and Home Fronts: The War in the East from Stalingrad to Berlin”

20. Neil Gregor, “German Defeat”

21. Mark Roehrs, “Southwest Pacific”

22. Nicholas Evan Sarantakes, “The Military Occupations of World War II: A Historiography”

23. Richard B. Frank, “Ending the Pacific War: The New History”

III. Multinational and Transnational Zones of Combat

24. Richard L. DiNardo, “Axis Coalition Building”

25. Talbot Imlay, “Strategies, Commands, and Tactics, 1939-41”

26. Earl J. Catagnus, “British and American Strategic Planning”

27. Mark Stoler, “Wartime Conferences”

28. Akira Iriye, “The U.S. War Against Japan: A Transnational Perspective”

29. James Schwoch, “World War II and Communications Technologies”

30. John Prados, “Of Spies and Strategems”

31. Isabelle Davion, “European Societies in War”

32. Neville Wylie, “Life in Plato’s Cave: Neutral Europe in the Second World War”

33. Stephan Lehnstaedt, “Resistance in Eastern Europe”

34. Patricia Kollander, “Boomerang Resistance: German Émigrés in the U.S. Military”

35. Judith A. Byfield, “Beyond Impact: Toward a New Historiography of Africa and World War II”

36. Raffael Scheck, “French African Soldiers in World War II”

37. Barton J. Bernstein, “Scientists and Nuclear Weapons in World War II: The Background, the Experience, and the Sometimes Contested Meanings and Analyses”

38. Sean Malloy, “Civilians in the Combat Zone: Anglo-American Strategic Bombing”

39. Jochen Boehler, “Race, Genocide, and Holocaust”

40. Yehuda Bauer, “Holocaust and Genocide Today”

41. Jacob Hamblin, “Environmental Dimensions of the Second World War”

42. D’Ann Campbell, “The Women of World War II”

43. Travis J. Hardy, “Transnational Civil Rights during World War II”

44. M. Todd Bennett, “Global Culture and World War II”

IV. Homelands

45. Marietta Stankova, “The Balkans in the Origins of the Second World War”

46. Michael Peszke, “Poland’s Military in World War II”

47. Frank McDonough, “Resistance Inside Nazi Germany”

48. Julian Jackson, “Occupied France: The Vichy Regime, Collaboration, and Resistance”

49. Elena Agarossi, “The Italian Campaign”

50. Sarah Ellen Graham, “US Foreign Policy, the Grand Alliance, and the Struggle for Indian Independence During the Pacific War”

51. William H. Miller, “‘P’ Was for Plenty”

52. Edward G. Miller, “Generating American Combat Power in World War II”

53. Stephen H. Norwood, “American Anti-Semitism during World War II”

V. Aftermath and Consequences

54. Christoph J.M. Safferling, “War Crimes in Europe”

55. Charles Whitham, “Anglo-American Post-War Planning”

56. Susanne Vees-Gulani, “The Cultural Legacy of the Second World War in Germany”

57. Marc Gallicchio, “World War II in Historical Memory”

58. Gerhard L. Weinberg, “The Place of World War II in Global History”

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