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Origins of the Second World War : An International Perspective - Frank McDonough

Origins of the Second World War

An International Perspective

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Major international experts offer new interpretations of the key aspects of the origins of the Second World War. 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

List of Contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Versailles Settlement: The Start of the Road to the Second World War?p. 15
The League of Nations: An Idea before its Time?p. 34
An Ideological Genealogy of Imperial Era Japanese Militarismp. 50
Italian Foreign Policy and the Road to War 1918-39: Ambitions and Delusions of the Least of the Great Powersp. 66
The Failure of Détente? German-French Relations between Stresemann and Hitler, 1929-32p. 82
Hitler, German Foreign Policy and the Road to War: A German Perspectivep. 101
Germany's Twisted Road to War, 1919-39p. 110
The Prussian Tradition, the Myth of the Blitzkrieg and the Illusion of German Military Dominance, 1939-41p. 126
Guilty Men? Three British Foreign Secretaries of the 1930sp. 144
Neville Chamberlain and the Consequences of the Churchillian Hegemonyp. 168
When Instinct Clouds Judgement: Neville Chamberlain and the Pursuit of Appeasement with Nazi Germany, 1937-9p. 186
Missed Opportunities? Intelligence and the British Road to Warp. 205
Appeasement: A Critical Evaluation Seventy Years Onp. 223
A Very English Channel: Britain and French Appeasementp. 238
Politics, Strategy and Economics: A Comparative Analysis of British and French æAppeasement'p. 262
Neutrality 'de jour': Switzerland and the Italo-Abyssinian War of 1935-6p. 278
The European Neutrals and the Second World Warp. 294
The International Dimensions of the Spanish Civil Warp. 311
The Middle East and the Coming of Warp. 327
The 'Jewish Question' and its Impact on International Affairs, 1914-39p. 342
The Sudeten Crisis of 1938: Bene and Munichp. 360
Poland and the Origins of the Second World Warp. 374
Poland, the 'Danzig Question' and the Outbreak of the Second World Warp. 394
Stalin and the Outbreak of the Second World Warp. 409
American Isolationism and the Coming of the Second World Warp. 429
A Pivotal Power: The United States and the International System of the Inter-War Periodp. 446
Japanese Foreign Policy and the Outbreak of the Asia-Pacific War: the Search for a Modus Vivendi in US-Japanese Relations after July 1941p. 466
Economics and the Origins of the Second World Warp. 482
Historians at Warp. 507
Index of Personsp. 525
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ISBN: 9781441185938
ISBN-10: 1441185933
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 24th November 2011
Publisher: CONTINUUM
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1