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Author Rothwell, Victor.

Title The origins of the Second World War / Victor Rothwell.

Published Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5311 ROTH    AVAILABLE
Physical description 211 pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Peace settlement and the 1920s 9 -- 2 Hitlerism and the depression years 25 -- 3 German war preparations: an overview 37 -- 4 Western powers and appeasement 45 -- 5 Appeasement and aggression, 1935-36 56 -- 6 Prelude to German aggression 68 -- 7 German expansion in 1938 81 -- 8 Resistance takes shape 97 -- 9 Soviet Union 113 -- 10 Far East 130 -- 11 United States 149 -- 12 European war 159 -- 13 World war 170.
Summary In this accessible account Victor Rothwell examines the origins of the Second Word War, from the flawed peace settlement of 1919 to the start of the true world war at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Reflecting current historical understanding of the subject, the author discusses, within a chronological framework, the underlying issues, such as the clash between 'have' and 'have not' states, as well as their relative military and economic strengths. Did the cause of peace advance in the 1920s, only to be stopped in its tracks and threatened with reversal by the economic depression that began with the Wall Street crash in 1929? What was the nature of Nazi thinking about war, foreign policy and the (primarily British) policy of appeasement, which sought to accommodate the Third Reich? Why did Britain itself long prefer appeasement to collective security? Furthermore, the events in the Far East are examined and a contrast is drawn between the greater interest of the United States in that region than in Europe throughout the 1930s. Lastly, the complex process by which European war, starting in September 1939, became world war is treated as much more than an epilogue to what happened during the preceding decade. This book will prove invaluable to all students and academics studying this crucial period in twentieth-century history.
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Causes.
World politics -- 1933-1945.
National socialism.
Germany -- Foreign relations -- 1918-
ISBN 0719059577
0719059585 (paperback)