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A World at Arms: A Global History of World War IIby Gerhard L Weinberg
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Widely hailed as a masterpiece, this is the first history of World War II to provide a truly global account of the war that encompassed six continents. Starting with the changes that restructured Europe and her colonies following the First World War, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new light on every facet of World War II. Actions of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are covered in every theater of the war. More importantly, the global nature of the war is examined, with new insight into how events in one corner of the world helped affect events in other distant parts. A World at Arms is a fascinating account of the Second World War and the world that the war reshaped. Gerhard L. Weinberg was born in Germany and spent the first year of World War II in England. After serving in the U.S. army of occupation in Japan, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Weinberg worked on Columbia University's War Documentation project and directed the American Historical Association's program for the microfilming of captured German documents. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the origins and the course of the war, including the prize-winning two-volume study The Foreign Policy of Hitler's Germany.
This major new work is a general history of World War II which takes a global perspective, covering all theatres of war and illuminating their interrelations. Unlike other books on the war, this one is based on the archives - often containing hitherto unknown material - and looks at the war as the global catastrophe it was.
This is the first general history of World War II to be based both on the existing literature and on extensive work in British, American and German archives. It covers all the theaters of war, the weaponry used, and developments on the home front. Taking a global perspective, the work deals with all belligerents and relates events in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific to each other. The role of diplomacy and strategy, of intelligence and espionage, and the impact of war upon society are all dealt with, often on the basis of hitherto unknown material. New light is shed on the actions of great and small powers and on topics ranging from the beginning of the war to the dropping of the atomic bombs; the titanic battles on the Eastern Front are fitted into the war as a whole; the killing of six million Jews and millions of others is placed into context; and the fighting at sea and in the air is included in a coherent view of the great conflict.
A survey of all aspects of World War II from a global perspective, based on new archival information.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -1125) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. From one war to another; 2. The German and Soviet attacks on Poland; 3. The world turned upside down; 4. The expanding conflict; 5. The Eastern Front and a changing war; 6. Halting the Japanese advance, halting the German advance: keeping them apart and shifting the balance; 7. The war at sea 1942-44 and the blockade; 8. The war in Europe and North Africa 1940-43: to and from Stalingrad, to and from Tunis; 9. The Home Front; 10. Means of warfare: old and new; 11. The war from the spring of 1943 to summer 1944; 12. The assault on Germany from all sides; 13. Tensions in both alliances; 14. The halt on the European fronts; 15. The final assault on Germany; 16. The war in the Pacific: from Leyte to the 'Missouri'; Conclusions: the cost and impact of the war; Abbreviations; Bibliographic essay; Endnotes; Index.
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