World War II: A History in Documents

Paperback | November 14, 2009

byJames H. Madison

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The documents in this book point readers to the major themes and issues of World War II, including major causes, course, and consequences of the war. The volume encourages understanding of the nature of total war and its potential for limitlessness. Coverage is worldwide, with attention toboth the European and Pacific Theaters and to home front as well as battlefront issues. Diplomacy and strategy blend with insights into the lives of ordinary people around the world - as factory workers, soldiers, mothers, propagandists, political leaders, and survivors. And the volume encouragescomparative perspectives and assists readers in thinking about continuity and change across the twentieth century, including focus on commemoration and memory to the present. The documents include such diverse items as excerpts from Mein Kampf; the Nazi-Soviet Pact; Charles Lindbergh on America First; Churchill on the 'finest hour'; Geneva Conventions; letters from prisoners of war; a Thanksgiving dinner menu; a K ration pack; dispatches from Ernie Pyle; photos of GlennMiller and Marlene Dietrich entertaining the troops; Woody Guthrie songs; movie posters; propaganda air drop leaflet; Japanese children's song; a ration cookbook; a comic book superhero; Simone de Beauvoir on occupation; the Japanese Emperor's surrender rescript; US censored haiku; an English warbride's marriage certificate; a Japanese lunchbox from the Smithsonian Enola Gay exhibit; transcripts of the Eichmann trial; and oral histories by America's "greatest generation."The entire book is be profusely illustrated with graphics (posters, photographs, maps, etc.) that themselves serve as documents, and there is a picture essay on the 'racial community,' using propaganda posters, photographs, and film stills. Each section of the book has an introductory essay, andeach document has a headnote or long caption. Back matter includes a chronology, further reading, and index. The author is a specialist on the American home front, for which he was won the Indiana Humanities Council Humanities Achievement Award, 1992, and has worked extensively on school and publichistory projects.

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The documents in this book point readers to the major themes and issues of World War II, including major causes, course, and consequences of the war. The volume encourages understanding of the nature of total war and its potential for limitlessness. Coverage is worldwide, with attention toboth the European and Pacific Theaters and to h...

James Madison is Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History at Indiana University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.9 × 7.9 × 0.5 inPublished:November 14, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019533812X

ISBN - 13:9780195338126

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Text Book for Class I wish this would have been my text book in Grade 11 History! It has photos and it is not wordy like the old ancient text I remember reading.
Date published: 2012-05-22

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Table of Contents

IntroductionA Note on Sources and InterpretationHow to Read a Document1. To War, AgainAggressor NationsFrom Appeasement to WarDark Days for the Allies2. Fighting Men and WomenMen and Women in WarCombat MiseryKilling and DeathAtrocity, War Crimes, Limitlessness3. Mobilizing for Total WarAxis ProductionAllied ProductionMobilizing WorkersAllied Success4. Home Front Sacrifice and MoraleForward TogetherFood and RationingBombing of CiviliansCivil LibertiesFun on the Home Fronts5. Picture Essay: Wartime Posters Sent the Message6. Turning Points toward Allied VictoryEastern FrontThe Second FrontPacific Theater7. PeaceVictoryThe GuiltyOccupationFrom Hunger to a Better World?8. War MemoriesThe "Good War" and Other MemoriesAtrocities and ApologiesMuseums and MemorialsTime LineFurther ReadingWebsitesText CreditsPicture CreditsAcknowledgmentsIndex