World War II: A New History

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-21

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This is a magisterial new global history of World War II. Beginning in 1937 with the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, Evan Mawdsley shows how the origins of World War II lay in a conflict between the old international order and the new and then traces the globalisation of the conflict as it swept through Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. His primary focus is on the war's military and strategic history though he also examines the political, economic, ideological, and cultural factors which influenced the course of events. The war's consequences are examined too, not only in terms of the defeat of the Axis but also the break-up of colonial empires and the beginning of the Cold War. Accessibly written and well-illustrated with maps and photographs, this compelling new account also includes short studies of the key figures, events and battles that shaped the war.

Author Biography

Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History in the Department of History, University of Glasgow. His recent publications include The Stalin Years: The Soviet Union, 1929-1953 (2003) and Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945 (2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The world in 1937p. 10
Japan and China, 1937-1940p. 52
Hitler's border wars, 1938-1939p. 74
Germany re-fights World War I, 1939-1940p. 104
Wars of ideology, 1941-1942p. 134
The Red Army versus the Wehrmacht, 1941-1944p. 164
Japan's lunge for empire, 1941-1942p. 188
Defending the perimeter: Japan, 1942-1944p. 214
The 'world ocean' and Allied victory, 1939-1945p. 248
The European periphery, 1940-1944p. 284
Wearing down Germany, 1942-1944p. 320
Victory in Europe, 1944-1945p. 364
End and beginning in Asia, 1945p. 406
Conclusionp. 438
Further readingp. 452
Notesp. 470
Indexp. 476
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