The Second World War: A Short History

Paperback | September 1, 2001

byR. A. C. Parker

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The Second World War is a compact but comprehensive and absorbing history of the war. It examines the causes of the war, how it was won and lost, and its far-reaching consequences for humanity. In tracing the key events of both the European and the Far Eastern wars, R. A. C. Parker outlinesclearly the strategies of the participants, the economies and societies that underlay them, and the strengths and weaknesses of their fighting forces. He describes the decisive battles and analyses the reasons for their outcome, paying close attention to special features of the war: mobile warfare,forced migration, the Holocaust, strategic and nuclear bombing. Unlike many other histories of the war this book places British and European involvement squarely in an international perspective, and the author never shies away from raising fundamental questions.

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The Second World War is a compact but comprehensive and absorbing history of the war. It examines the causes of the war, how it was won and lost, and its far-reaching consequences for humanity. In tracing the key events of both the European and the Far Eastern wars, R. A. C. Parker outlinesclearly the strategies of the participants, th...

R.A.C. Parker is a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802070

ISBN - 13:9780192802071

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Table of Contents

PrefaceContentsList of PlatesList of Maps1. Hitler, Germany, and the origins of the European war2. German conquest of Poland, Norway, the Low Countries, and France3. Britain alone4. Operation BARBAROSSA: the German attack on the Soviet Union5. The United States enters the war: the origins of the Japanese attack6. Japanese victories and disappointments: December 1941 to August 19427. The end of German expansion: the Atlantic, North Africa, and Russia, 1942-19438. Anglo-American strategies for victory9. Economies at war10. Strategic bombing11. Morale12. Driving back the Germans: North Africa, Italy, and Russia13. D-Day and victory in Europe14. The defeat of Japan and the atom bomb15. From war to peace: Anglo-American relations16. From alliance to Cold War: the Soviet Union and the West17. The impact of war: the murder of the European Jews18. The impact of war: casualties, crisis, and changeNote on quotationsBook listIndex

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`Faced with volume after volume of books about the Second World War, R.A.C. Parker's Short History comes as a breath of fresh air ... it is refreshing to read such a modest-sized yet absorbing history of the years between 1939 and 1945 and what happened before and afer. A Short History is bothconcise and absorbing - an "introduction" to anyone wanting to know more about the war and an example of how a taut history book can be captivating.'Madeleine Burton, Herts Adverstiser (St Albans Edition)