Military Planning And The Origins Of The Second World War In Europe by B. J. C. MckercherMilitary Planning And The Origins Of The Second World War In Europe by B. J. C. Mckercher

Military Planning And The Origins Of The Second World War In Europe

EditorB. J. C. Mckercher, Roch Legault

Hardcover | December 1, 2000

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This study offers a new perspective on the origins of the Second World War by comparing and contrasting military planning in seven nations in the two decades before 1939 (and, in the case of the United States and Soviet Russia, before 1941). Developing themes over time and across military cultures allows the authors to provide a comparative framework in which to survey how military planning and foreign policy were interwoven and how these connections produced divergent national strategies in the context of differing nationalities, military organizations, and societies. The contributors to this volume have consciously employed a wide interpretation of military history by emphasizing the interplay of social, political, diplomatic, and economic factors with military concerns, as well as the relationship between war and society. For example, the German army developed its concept of blitzkrieg by examining military theory generated within the General Staff before 1918, and by considering the new political circumstances in which the Weimar state and its Nazi successor found themselves as a result of the Versailles Treaty. Despite its ultimate success, the German concept was merely abstract and theoretical until the combined use of armor and air power was employed effectively in Poland in the autumn of 1939 and in Western Europe during the spring of 1940. In contrast, the French defensive strategy built around the use of the Maginot Line was illustrative of a mainly defensive foreign policy, while British appeasement policy reflected the diminished level of military preparedness that was possible throughout the 1930s.
Title:Military Planning And The Origins Of The Second World War In EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.52 × 6.4 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0275961583

ISBN - 13:9780275961589


Editorial Reviews

?The individual contributions to this book are full of interest and originality....the readers to whom this volume is directed may reasonably be asked to think for themselves, and they are given plenty of material to work on. Incidentally, it is remarkable (perhaps unique) for a book to include its own critical review--a bold device on which the editors deserve to be congratulated.?-The Journal of Military History