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This is a magisterial new global history of World War II. Beginning in 1937 with the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, Evan Mawdsley shows how the origins of World War II lay in a conflict between the old international order and the new and then traces the globalisation of the conflict as it swept through Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. His primary focus is on the war's military and strategic history though he also examines the political, economic, ideological, and cultural factors which influenced the course of events. The war's consequences are examined too, not only in terms of the defeat of the Axis but also the break-up of colonial empires and the beginning of the Cold War. Accessibly written and well-illustrated with maps and photographs, this compelling new account also includes short studies of the key figures, events and battles that shaped the war.
Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History in the Department of History, University of Glasgow. His recent publications include The Stalin Years: The Soviet Union, 1929-1953 (2003) and Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945 (2005).
Table of Contents
The world in 1937
Japan and China, 1937-1940
Hitler's border wars, 1938-1939
Germany re-fights World War I, 1939-1940
Wars of ideology, 1941-1942
The Red Army versus the Wehrmacht, 1941-1944
Japan's lunge for empire, 1941-1942
Defending the perimeter: Japan, 1942-1944
The 'world ocean' and Allied victory, 1939-1945
The European periphery, 1940-1944
Wearing down Germany, 1942-1944
Victory in Europe, 1944-1945
End and beginning in Asia, 1945
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