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The Second World War

Beevor's landmark history masterfully synthesizes the political, military, and social forces that fueled World War II.

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"The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. With The Second World War, renowned historian Antony Beevor offers a magisterial history of the war that treats it as an amalgamation of struggles that together made up the conflagration we know as a "world war."Beevor clearly shows that the Second World War was not simply a monolithic clash of state against state, of three great Allied powers against the Axis and Japan. It was a war of many facets, from General Zhukov's defeat of the Japanese at Khalkin-Gol on the Mongolian-Manchurian border to the Sino-Japanese War to the Winter War in Finland.In many countries, especially in those occupied by the Germans and the Japanese, people found themselves crushed by rival factions in what Beevor calls an "international civil war" between left and right. Succeeding cycles of political polarization brought on by the defeat of the Central Powers in World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil wars in Hungary, Finland, the Baltic states, and Germany itelf, fueled violence that soon spread across the globe. Beevor also looks at how the rise of the authoritarian state-whichsuddenly seemed to be the "natural modern order throughout most of Europe"-gave rise to the cycles of fear and hatred that played out on stages the world over. Drawing upon the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, from the snowbound steppe to the Burmese jungle.Beyond his command of the conflict's sweep, Beevor also clearly grasps its moral dimensions, whether he is writing about SS Einsatzgruppen in the borderlands, Gulag prisoners drafted into punishment battalions, or the unspeakable cruelties of the Sino-Japanese War. No other period in history has presented greater moral dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people-nor offered such examples oftragedy, ideological hypocrisy, egomania, cruelty, and self-sacrifice-and Beevor captures all with compassion and rare insight. Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, he never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in the most terrible conflict in history.Bringing together political, military, social, and cultural factors into a masterful synthesis, The Second World War is a landmark history that sets a new standard."
  • SKU: 000000000001362018
  • Author: Antony Beevor
  • Release date: Jun 5, 2012
  • ISBN: 9780316023740
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Commitment Credit: 0
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  • Warnings: No warnings
  • Height: 1.375
  • Length: 9.250
  • Width: 6.000

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