From World War to Cold War: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s

Paperback | November 13, 2007

byDAVID REYNOLDS

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The 1940s was probably the most dramatic and decisive decade of the 20th century. This volume explores the Second World War and the origins of the Cold War from the vantage point of two of the great powers of that era, Britain and the USA, and of their wartime leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt.It also looks at their chequered relations with Stalin and at how the Grand Alliance crumbled into an undesired Cold War. But this is not simply a story of top-level diplomacy. David Reynolds explores the social and cultural implications of the wartime Anglo-American alliance, particularly the impact of nearly three million GIs on British life, and reflects more generally on the importance of cultural issues in thestudy of international history.This book persistently challenges popular stereotypes - for instance on Churchill in 1940 or his Iron Curtain speech. It probes cliches such as 'the special relationship' and even 'the Second World War'. And it offers new views of the familiar, such as the Fall ofFrance in 1940 or Franklin Roosevelt as 'the wheelchair president'. Incisive and readable, written by a leading international historian, these essays encourage us to rethink our understanding of this momentous period in world history.

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The 1940s was probably the most dramatic and decisive decade of the 20th century. This volume explores the Second World War and the origins of the Cold War from the vantage point of two of the great powers of that era, Britain and the USA, and of their wartime leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt.It also looks at their chequered relations ...

David Reynolds is a Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI: World War1. The Origins of 'The Second World War': Historical Discourse and International Politics2. 1940: Fulcrum of the Twentieth Century?3. Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Wartime Anglo-American AllianceII: Churchill4. Churchill and the British 'Decision' to Fight on in 1940: Right Policy, Wrong Reasons5. Churchill the Appeaser? Between Hitler, Roosevelt, and Stalin 1940-19446. Churchill and Allied Grand Strategy in Europe 1944-1945III: Roosevelt7. The President and the King: The Diplomacy of the British Royal Visit of 19398. The President and the British Left: The Appointment of John Winant as US Ambassador in 19419. The Wheelchair President and his Special RelationshipsIV: 'Mixed up Together'10. Whitehall, Washington, and the Promotion of American Studies in Britain 1941-194311. Churchill's Government and the Black GIs 1942-194312. GIs and Tommies: The Army 'Inter-Attachment Programme of 1943-1944V: Cold War13. Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Stalin Enigma14. Churchill, Stalin, and the 'Iron Curtain'15. The 'Big Three' and the Division of Europe 1945-1948VI: Perspectives16. Power and Superpower: The Impact of the Second World War on America's International Role17. A Special Relationship? America, Britain, and the International Order since World War Two18. Culture, Discourse, and Policy: Reflections on the New International HistoryIndex

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`a superb and accessible overview of the strategic context'Bulletin of the Military Historical Society