By Gerhard L. Weinberg
Extensively hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st historical past of worldwide battle II to supply a really worldwide account of the warfare that encompassed six continents. beginning with the alterations that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st international struggle, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each aspect of worldwide struggle II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are coated in each theater of the struggle. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the struggle is tested, with new perception into how occasions in a single nook of the area helped have an effect on occasions in different far-off elements.
A global at hands is an engaging account of the second one global warfare and the area that the struggle reshaped. Gerhard L. Weinberg used to be born in Germany and spent the 1st 12 months of worldwide battle II in England. After serving within the U.S. military of profession in Japan, he obtained his Ph.D. from the collage of Chicago. Professor Weinberg labored on Columbia University's battle Documentation venture and directed the yankee old Association's application for the microfilming of captured German files. he's the writer of diverse books and articles at the origins and the process the battle, together with the prize-winning two-volume learn The international coverage of Hitler's Germany.
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At a future time of her own choosing, Germany would seize what she wanted from the Soviet Union, an operation Hitler thought of as simple to carry out once he had cleared his Western Front by crushing Britain and France. It made no sense at all to drive the Russians into supporting Germany's main and immediate enemies by joining with Japan in an anti-Soviet alliance. If the Japanese did not want to join with Germany in an alliance directed against the West, that was a reflection of their short-sightedness and their unsuitability as an ally in the immediate situation.
War had been an intended and even a preferred part of National Socialist policy from the beginning, not so much out of a pref erence for fighting for its own sake, but from the entirely accurate con viction that the aim of German expansion could be secured only by war. From one war to another 21 Germany was to seize the agricultural land needed to feed its population, a population that would grow further as it obtained such land, and which would accordingly expand its needs and its lands into the indefinite future.
France had borne the greatest burden of the war, including the highest proportion of both casualties and destruction. Triumphant only in asso ciation with powerful allies, terrified of her own isolated weakness, France looked apprehensively rather than confidently upon the post-war world. For her leaders the war had only reinforced the twin conclusions drawn from the war of 1870-71: France needed allies, and a war with Germany was likely to be fought out on French soil. The lessons drawn from these conclusions were, however, contradictory.
A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg