World War II A History in Documents

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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World War II: A History in Documents illustrates the major themes and issues of the Second World War, including its causes, course, and consequences. Paying attention to both the European and Pacific Theaters--as well as to homefront and battle front issues--author James H. Madison blends discussions of diplomacy and strategy with insights into the lives of ordinary people around the world, including factory workers, soldiers, mothers, propagandists, political leaders, and survivors. Set in thoughtful contexts, these powerful and telling documents encourage students to compare different nations and cultures at war and to think critically about twentieth century history. The documents include such diverse items as American political cartoons, combat memoirs of American GIs, a call for Canadian women war workers, popular American songs, an interview with a Tuskegee Airman, Eisenhower's D-Day message, Russian propaganda posters, the diary of a German teenager, a memoir of Japanese-American internment, a painting of an Australian bomber crew, newspaperman Ernie Pyle's reports to the home front, the last letter from a Japanese kamikaze pilot, and testimonies of Holocaust survivors. World War II: A History in Documents includes a picture essay on propaganda posters and numerous graphics (posters, photographs, maps, etc.) throughout, which also serve as documents. Offering a global and multifaceted perspective of World War II, this diverse collection of textual and visual documents is ideal for undergraduate courses in World War II and military history.

Author Biography

Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington; author, A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America (Palgrave, 2001); co-author, The Americans: A Brief History (4th ed., HBJ, 1985).

Table of Contents

A Note on Sources and Interpretation
How to Read a Document
To War, Again
Aggressor Nations
From Appeasement to War
Dark Days for the Allies
Fighting Men and Women
Men and Women in War
Combat Misery
Killing and Death
Atrocity, War Crimes, Limitlessness
Mobilizing for Total War
Axis Production
Allied Production
Mobilizing Workers
Allied Success
Home Front Sacrifice and Morale
Forward Together
Food and Rationing
Bombing of Civilians
Civil Liberties
Fun on the Home Fronts
Picture Essay: Wartime Posters Sent the Message
Turning Points toward Allied Victory
Eastern Front
The Second Front
Pacific Theater
The Guilty
From Hunger to a Better World?
War Memories
The "Good War" and Other Memories
Atrocities and Apologies
Museums and Memorials
Time Line
Further Reading
Text Credits
Picture Credits
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