The World in Flames: A World War II Sourcebook

Paperback | April 3, 2010

byFrans Coetzee, Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee

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An edited volume of primary sources from the Second World War, The World in Flames: A WWII Reader, provides, for the first time, and in a convenient and comprehensive package, an ambitious and wide-ranging insight that conveys the sheer scale and reach of the conflict, and the twelve-chaptervolume includes sufficient narrative and analysis for the reader to grasp both the war's broad outlines and the context and significance of each particular source. Beginning with the growing disenchantment over the World War I peace settlements and the determination of German, Italian and Japanese leaders to revise the situation, the book traces descent into open, armed conflict with the Allies, the spectacular early successes of the Germans and Japanese, thestabilization and eventual pivotal campaigns of 1942, and the arduous efforts over the remaining three years to destroy the Axis capacity to wage war. Examples are drawn from a wide range of documents interspersed with contemporary images such as posters, photos, cartoons.Throughout, the book provides a rounded account of the struggle, balancing a consideration of strategic and tactical issues, the perspectives of the various combatant forces, the different theatres of operations, the various services involved (including aerial and naval warfare), and the experiencesof participants across the spectrum from privates to generals. Furthermore, in addition to illustrating the conduct of the war, it illuminates its consequences for the societies involved. Selections treat the mobilization of labor and intellect, trace the impact upon women and children, and explore the tendency of the war to throw into bold relief both nobleideals and persistent domestic tensions, not to mention the depths of human depravity in the Holocaust. Themes that have a special resonance for the postwar era, such as the perils of nuclear weapons, are also given their due. Coupled with chapter on historical memory, these features enable studentsto appreciate the place of World War II place in the longer course of the twentieth century.

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An edited volume of primary sources from the Second World War, The World in Flames: A WWII Reader, provides, for the first time, and in a convenient and comprehensive package, an ambitious and wide-ranging insight that conveys the sheer scale and reach of the conflict, and the twelve-chaptervolume includes sufficient narrative and anal...

Both Frans Coetzee and Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee have taught at Yale and George Washington Universities and earned fellowships from the ACLS, Alexander von Humboldt, Fulbright and Mellon Foundations, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the NEH. They are the authors or editors of five books and numerous articles and maintai...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Seeds of Turmois1. Mussolini and the Masses2. Abyssinia's Plight3. Spain's Anguish4. Japan's Outlook5. Statement at Lushan6. Rape of Nanking7. Hossbach Memorandum8. Appeasement9. France Goes to WarPart II: "Only Movement Brings Victory": Blitzkrieg1. Soviet-Finnish War2. Rethinking Armored Warfare3. Rotterdam in Flames4. France's Collapse5. Strange Defeat6. A Certain Eventuality7. De Gaulle's Appeal to France8. French Collaboration9. Occupied Poland10. Air Raid on Southampton11. London is BurningPart III: The Widening War1. A War for Freedom?2. Warning Signs from Japan3. Japan's Decision for War4. Avenging Western Imperialism5. Yamamoto's Strategy6. Attack on Pearl Harbor7. Plan Dog8. Forging Allied Strategy9. Allied Grand Strategy10. Desert War11. Survival in North Africa12. Germany Strikes East13. 'The Criminal Orders'14. Saving Moscow15. Combat on the Russian Front16. Hitler's ObstinancePart IV: Mobilizing for War1. Arsenal of Democracy2. Mexican-American Discrimination3. Factories on Rails4. Producing for Victory5. Ford's Willow Run6. Germany's Delayed Mobilization7. German Forced Labor8. Chicanas in the Factory9. Navajo Code Talkers10. An Anthropologist Gathers Intelligence11. Photo Intelligence12. The Role of SciencePart V: The Tide Turns: June-December 19421. The Mood in America2. Rommel Reflects on the Desert War3. Breakthrough at El Alamein4. Eisenhower Reflects on Operation Torch5. Stalingrad: The Rat's War6. Admiral Ugaki Reflects on Midway7. The Strain of Jungle Warfare8. Winning the Solomons9. Why Japan Lost GuadalcanalPart VI: The European Theater1. Bombing Ploesti2. Flying a B-173. Area Bombing4. Massacre by Bombing5. U-Boat Peril6. Germany's U-Boat Strategy7. The Fall of Mussolini8. The Polish Resistance9. Greece at War10. Yugoslavia's Partisans11. Siege of Leningrad12. Panzer Warfare in the East13. Soviet Tactical Doctrine14. Battle of Kursk15. Eisenhower and Overlord16. D-Day17. Ernie Pyle's WarPart VII: The Asian Theater1. Bataan Death March2. `Vinegar Joe' and China3. The British Army in Burma4. Japanese Operations in Burma5. Marxism and Burmese Resistance6. The Indian Situation7. Marines on Peleliu8. Kamikaze Attack9. The Decision to Use the Bomb10. Preparing to Invade Japan11. HiroshimaPart VIII: The War At Home in America1. The Rabbis March on Washington2. To Undo a Mistake3. The Internment of German-Americans4. Why Should We March?5. New World a-Coming6. The Zoot Suiters7. Discrimination against Mexican-Americans8. The Stocking Panic9. Prayer at Iwo Jima10. Readjusting to Family LifePart IX: The Culture and Psychology of War1. The Nazi New Order2. The Four Freedoms3. The Atlantic Charter4. The GI's Perspective5. Japan and Greater East Asia6. The Anthropology of Japanese Conduct7. Soldiers Under Stress8. Civilians Under Stress9. Religion in the Skies10. Revival of Russian Orthodoxy11. Christian Morality in Wartime12. `Muscular Christianity'13. Gandhi and Non-Violence14. The New Imperatives of Education15. Radio on the Homefront16. Film and Propaganda17. War Bonds and Mass Persuasion18. The Welfare StatePart X: The Inhumanity of Man: The Holocaust1. Defining Genocide2. Euthanasia3. Atrocities in Kamenets-Podolsky4. The Youngest Victims5. Wannsee Conference6. A Polish Witness to Massacre7. Lidice8. The Warsaw Ghetto9. Himmler and the Final Solution10. The Holocaust in Greece11. Von Moltke's Thoughts on Resistance12. TreblinkaPart XI: Out of the Dark and Deadly Valley1. Nazis to the Bitter End?2. Liberating the Death Camps3. A Mother Ponders the War's End4. The German Problem5. America's Plans for Postwar Germany6. The Nuremberg Trials7. Displaced Jews in Occupied Germany8. Japanese Biological Warfare9. The Tokyo War Trials10. American Policy for Postwar Japan11. Japan Adjusts to Occupation12. Revolution and Liberation in Indo-China13. Ho Chi Minh Appeals to Truman14. Africa Speaks15. `The Long Telegram' and Containment16. The Iron Curtain17. The American CenturyPart XII: Commemorating WWII: Confronting the Past, Writing the Future1. Remembering D-Day and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc2. Germany Commemorates the Fortieth Anniversary of Defeat3. The Soviet Union and the Uses of Victory4. The Holocaust Museum5. Japan and the War's Contested Memory6. Japan's Comfort Women7. Hiroshima, Culture Wars, and the Enola Gay