Many major world events have occurred since the last key anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, and these events have had a dramatic impact on the international stage: 9/11, the Iraq War, climate change and the world economic crisis. This is an opportune moment to bring together a group of major international experts who will offer a series of new interpretations of the key aspects of the origins of the Second World War. Each chapter is based on original archival research and written by scholars who are all leading experts in their fields. This is a truly international collection of articles, with wide breadth and scope, which includes contributions from historians, and also political scientists, gender theorists, and international relations experts. This is an important contribution to scholarly debate on one of the most important events of the 20th century and a subject of major interest to the general reader, historians, students and researchers, policy makers and conflict prevention experts.
This is the perfect companion for the scholar and student of the origins of the Second World War. Accessible and extraordinarily comprehensive, it raises a raft of new scholarly questions, while its breadth and the standing of its contributors will without doubt make it a standard work--Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History, University of Sydney, Australia. Frank McDonough has managed a tour de force with this splendid collection on the origins of the Second World War. The gathering together in one volume of twenty-eight distinguished historians from half a dozen countries is itself a remarkable achievement. The exhaustively researched, lucid essays addressing the long-term causes of the war from a wide variety of perspectives represent a model of what international history should be. The book is the most comprehensive treatment of this complicated historical topic and will be of interest not only to scholarly specialists but to the reading public as well--Sanford Lakoff Here is modern history-writing at its very best. Frank McDonough has brought together no fewer than 30 other leading scholars to examine that most vital of historical moments - the outbreak of the Second World War - from every conceivable international aspect. Ground-breaking, fascinating, occasionally deeply revisionist and always highly readable; this sets the mark for all collaborative history from now on--Sanford Lakoff An international history of the origins of the Second World War at its best...Internationalizing the study of history, obviously an important objective, is easier said than carried out, but this volume shows that the ideal can become a reality when a leading scholar brings together a number of scholars from various countries who share his vision and cooperate with him in producing an insightful new volume--Sanford Lakoff
1. The origins of the Second World War: the historical debate; 2. Italy and the origins of the Second World War; 3. Neville Chamberlain: guilty or innocent - a critical assessment; 4. A war mentality? Public opinion and foreign policy in the Third Reich; 5. The role of the USA in the international relations of the inter-war period; 6. The failure of detente? German foreign policy from Locarno to German rearmament; 7. The role of the Middle East in the global crisis of the inter-war years; 8. The Czech crisis of 1938; 9. German foreign policy, military strategy and the coming of war; 10. The League of Nations: why did it fail? 11. Japanese foreign policy and the road to the Asia-Pacific war; 12. Politics, strategy and economics: a comparative analysis of British and French 'appeasement'; 13. The role of US isolationism; 14. The role of the neutral European powers; 15. Could the Second World War have been prevented? A counterfactual analysis; 16. The role of the 'Jewish Question' in international affairs in the inter-war years; 17. The international implications of the Spanish Civil War; 18. The role of economic factors in the origins of the Second World War; 19. Poland, the 'Danzig Question' and the outbreak of war; 20. Appeasement reconsidered: reflections on the road to war; 21. The Soviet Union and the road to war; 22. Japanese military strategy and the coming of the Asia-Pacific War; 23. The Versailles settlement: a critical assessment; 24. Gender and the international crisis of the inter-war period; 25. Hitler's foreign policy and the origins of the second world war; 26. The missing dimension? The role of British intelligence; 27. Poland and the road to war; 28. Neutral Europe and the road to war; 29. French foreign policy and the road to war.
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 22nd September 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0
Weight (kg): 0.96
Edition Number: 1