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The Origins of the Second World War (Seminar Studies in History)

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The Origins of the Second World War explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941.

Richard Overy argues that this was not just ‘Hitler’s War’ but one that had its roots and origins in the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers in Germany, Italy and Japan. Any explanation of the outbreak of hostilities must be multinational in scope taking into account the basic instability of the international system that had still not recovered from the shocks of the Great War.  

In this third edition:

·         The role of Italy in the approach to war has been re-evaluated

·         Overy addresses recent revelations about Soviet policy in the 1930s, particularly exploring Soviet military planning and preparations

·         Arguments about Chamberlain and his policy of appeasement are rethought and reassessed.

This new edition has now been completely overhauled, updated, expanded and reset. With a comprehensive documents section, colour plates, guide to who’s who, a chronology and lists of further reading, The Origins of the Second World War will provide an invaluable introduction to any student of this fascinating period.

Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has authored 17 books on the Third Reich, the Second World War and air warfare which include:The Air War 1939-1945 (2nd ed, 2006),Why the Allies Won (2nd ed, 2006) and The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia (2004) which won both the Wolfson and the  Hessell Tiltman Prizes for History in 2005.

Book News Annotation:

Overy (history, U. of Exeter) has written a number of books on World War II and the Third Reich. In this study, he explores why the war did not break out sooner than 1939, and why what began as a European war became a world way by 1941. The author argues that the war was not Adolph Hitler's alone, but the result of the gradual decline of the British and French empires and the growing strength of the relatively new powers Germany, Japan, and Italy. This illustrated third edition includes listings of documents cited and references, in addition to an index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The book explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941. The war has usually been seen simply as Hitler’s war and yet the wider conflict that broke out when Germany invaded Poland was not the war that Hitler wanted. He had hoped for a short war against Poland; instead, Britain and France declared war on Germany.

Richard Overy argues that any explanation of the outbreak of hostilities must therefore be multi-national and he shows how the war’s origins are to be found in the basic instability of the international system that was brought about by the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers, Italy, Germany and Japan, keen to build new empires of their own.

Synopsis:

This book is an ideal introduction to this much-studied topic, written by a major name in the field.

  • The previous editions sold over 37,000 copies
  • The author is a leading authority on the subject
  • The Second World War is a very popular subject among the general reader
  • About the Author

    Richard Overy is Professor in History at University of Exeter (previously Professor of Modern European History at King’s College, London). He has written widely on history of the Third Reich, the Second World War and the Soviet Union, including a number of critically acclaimed books: Russia’s War (1999), the best-seller The Battle (2000), and Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands (2002).

    He was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize by the Society for Military History for a lifetime’s contribution to military history. He is also a regular contributor to radio and television.

    Table of Contents

    (Current edition)

    PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND

    1. Explaining the Second World War

     

    PART TWO: ANALYSIS

    2. The International Crisis

       The collapse of the League

       France and Britain

       America and the Soviet Union

       From the Rhineland to Munich

    3. Economic and Imperial Rivalry

       The imperial powers

       The ‘have-not powers

       The failure of ‘Economic Appeasement

    4. Armaments and Domestic Politics

       Rearmament

       Finance, industry and labour

       Rearmament and domestic politics

    5. War Over Poland

       The aftermath of Munich

       The Soviet factor

       The outbreak of the war

    6. From European to World War

       The war in the west

       Barbarossa

       The coming of world war

     

    PART THREE: ASSESSMENT

    7. Hitlers War?

    PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781405824699
    Author:
    Overy, Richard
    Publisher:
    Longman Publishing Group
    Author:
    Overy, R. J.
    Author:
    Overy, Richard
    Author:
    Overy, Richard J.
    Subject:
    World war, 1939-1945
    Subject:
    Europe
    Subject:
    Military - World War II
    Subject:
    Europe - General
    Subject:
    General History
    Subject:
    Europe Politics and government 1918-1945.
    Subject:
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Causes.
    Subject:
    World History-European History General
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Trade paper
    Series:
    Seminar Studies in History Series
    Publication Date:
    August 2008
    Binding:
    TRADE PAPER
    Grade Level:
    College/higher education:
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    192
    Dimensions:
    9.5 x 6.8 x 0.5 in 354 gr

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    "Synopsis" by , The book explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941. The war has usually been seen simply as Hitler’s war and yet the wider conflict that broke out when Germany invaded Poland was not the war that Hitler wanted. He had hoped for a short war against Poland; instead, Britain and France declared war on Germany.

    Richard Overy argues that any explanation of the outbreak of hostilities must therefore be multi-national and he shows how the war’s origins are to be found in the basic instability of the international system that was brought about by the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers, Italy, Germany and Japan, keen to build new empires of their own.

    "Synopsis" by , This book is an ideal introduction to this much-studied topic, written by a major name in the field.

  • The previous editions sold over 37,000 copies
  • The author is a leading authority on the subject
  • The Second World War is a very popular subject among the general reader
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