Annihilation: A Global History

Paperback | April 12, 2010

byThomas Zeiler

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From 1937 to 1945 the world witnessed a succession of savage military policies, innovations, and actions on the field, in the water, and in the skies that resulted in the butchery of over fifty million people. The military history of the Second World War involves heroism and evil, effectiveand hopeless strategies, bold and pointless operations, calculation and luck, politics and diplomacy, and production and attrition. This study incorporates recent scholarship on the military history of the Second World War to examine both chronologically and in a comprehensive geographic way themost destructive event in recorded human history. Annihilation argues that World War II evolved into a war of annihilation - a total war - that engulfed militaries and civilians alike, and spared no country either destruction or blame for the carnage. The book questions the adopted intention of the"good war" thesis by wielding the "strategy of annihilation" on all sides as an architectural framework. Readers will find global coverage linking together all theaters of the conflict in a narrative that advances from the beginning to end of the war. This is the first study of the World War II thatallows instructors to assign chapters of the book according to time periods or by place.

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From 1937 to 1945 the world witnessed a succession of savage military policies, innovations, and actions on the field, in the water, and in the skies that resulted in the butchery of over fifty million people. The military history of the Second World War involves heroism and evil, effectiveand hopeless strategies, bold and pointless op...

Tom Zeiler is a Professor of History and International Affairs, and former chair, at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he also directs the Global Studies Residential Academic Program. He serves as the executive editor of Diplomatic History and as the editor-in-chief of American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: Origins and Outbreak, 1919-19391. Europe Unsettled2. Democracies in Crisis3. Militarism in Asia4. Phony and European WarPart II: Axix Advance, 1939-19425. German Expansion, North and West6. Blitzkrieg and Blitz7. America and the Atlantic8. Battle for the Mediterranean9. Attack on the Soviet Union10. Expansion of Imperial JapanPart III: Turning Points, 1942-194311. Japan in Triumph and Stalemate12. Cataclysm on the Eastern Front13. Shifting Fortunes in the Mediterranean14. War of Words, the Sea, and the Air15. Allied Offensives in Asia and the PacificPart IV: Grinding Rollback, 1943-194416. Penetrating Japan's Defenses17. Costly Italy18. Soviet Rout19. Western European Front20. Island-Hopping in the PacificPart V: Annihiliation, 1944-194521. German Resistance in the West22. Red Army Sweep23. Shrinking the Japanese Empire24. Fall of the Third Reich25. The Inner RingConclusionReferencesBibliographyIndex