The Oxford Handbook of World War II
 
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ISBN13:9780199341795
ISBN10:0199341796
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:720 pages
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Language:English
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The Oxford Handbook of World War II

 
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World War II dramatically transformed human life and society, resulting in the deaths of 100 million people and shaping the worldview and psyches of generations. The Oxford Handbook of World War II broadens traditional narratives of the war and in the process changes our understanding of this epic conflict. Spanning the rise and fall of the Versailles system to the postwar reintegration of veterans and the eventual commemoration of the conflict and its victims, The Oxford Handbook of World War II marks a landmark contribution to the historical literature of war.

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World War II left virtually no nation or corner of the world untouched, dramatically transforming human life and society. It prompted the unprecedented mobilization of whole societies and witnessed a scale of state-sanctioned violence that staggers the imagination, with more than 100 million casualties. The war resulted in an almost complete collapse of any norms geared toward avoiding the unnecessary loss of civilian life and shaped the worldview and psyches of generations. The Oxford Handbook of World War II broadens traditional narratives of the war and in the process changes our understanding of this epic conflict.

Organized both chronologically and thematically and with particular attention to the pre- and post-war eras, the Handbook revises and extends existing scholarship. With chapters on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, the land war in Western Europe, the Battle of Britain, the impact of war on the major combatants (Great Britain, France, the United States, Japan, and China), the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the decision to use the atomic bomb in 1945, and the cultural responses to the war, the chapters span much of the twentieth century. They suggest areas of scholarly consensus, identify interpretative clashes, and propose agendas for further scholarly investigation, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. For example, the end of the Cold War had a profound impact on the way World War II was understood. Many formerly closed records in the former Soviet Union and China were opened to scholars, facilitating a more complex view of the Soviet war effort and suggesting that Stalin's army did not simply triumph by overwhelming German forces with sheer numbers but mastered the demands of a vast and logistically demanding front.

In conceptualizing the volume, editors Kurt Piehler and Jonathan Grant also sought out contributions on lesser known aspects of the war, such as the Bengal famine in India, the treatment of prisoners of war, the role of Middle Eastern nations, and the activities of non-governmental organizations in ameliorating suffering. Spanning the rise and fall of the Versailles system to the postwar reintegration of veterans and the eventual commemoration of the conflict and its victims, The Oxford Handbook of World War II marks a landmark contribution to the historical literature of war.
Table of Contents:
Contributors
Introduction
G. Kurt Piehler and Jonathan Grant
Chapter 1: The Collapse of the Versailles System - Michael Creswell
Chapter 2: Ideological Origins of World War II - Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan C. Iacob
Chapter 3: The Spanish Civil War - Peter Garretson and S. P. McVeigh
Chapter 4: The Sino-Japanese War - Gao Bei
Chapter 5: Forging Alliances: The Axis - Ricky W. Law
Chapter 6: German Victories, 1939-1940 - Eugenia C. Kiesling
Chapter 7: The Battle of Britain: Britain and the British Empire Alone - Andrew Stewart
Chapter 8: The Battle of the Atlantic - Marc Milner
Chapter 9: The Axis of the Soviet Union, 1941-1943 - Jonathan Grant
Chapter 10: The Middle East during World War II- Hakan Güngör and Peter Garretso
Chapter 11: Pearl Harbor and Japan Ascendant - Sidney Pash
Chapter 12: The United Nations and the Grand Alliance - David B. Woolner
Chapter 13: The Air War: Germany and Italy - M. Houston Johnson
Chapter 14: North Africa and Italy - Douglas Porch
Chapter 15: Eastern Europe in World War II - Deborah Cornelius and Jonathan A. Grant
Chapter 16: The Eastern Front, 1943-1945 - David Stone
Chapter 17: From D-Day to the Elbe - Peter Mansoor
Chapter 18: The Land War in Asia: China, Burma, and India - Alan Jeffreys
Chapter 19: The Pacific War - Kyle P. Bracken
Chapter 20: The Air War and Conflict Termination in the Pacific - Conrad C. Crane
Chapter 21: Home Fronts at War - Judy Barrett Litoff
Chapter 22: Neutral Powers in a Global War - Neville Wylie
Chapter 23: Western Religious Leaders, Communities, and Organizations before and during the Second World War - Victoria J. Barnett
Chapter 24: Science and Technology - Ronald E. Doel and Kristine C. Harper
Chapter 25: The Environmental Impact - Charles Closmann
Chapter 26: Medicine and Disability - John Kinder
Chapter 27: The Holocaust - Jan Ruth Mills
Chapter 28: The Humanitarian Response - Hillary Sebeny
Chapter 29: Rendering Justice - Michael Bryant and James Sedgwick
Chapter 30: Cultural Responses to Total War - Annika Culver
Chapter 31: Postwar Settlements and Internationalism - Regina Gramer and Yutaka Sasaki
Chapter 32: Reintegrating Veterans and Demobilizing Populations - R. M. Douglas
Chapter 33: The Memory and Commemoration of War - Brian M. Puaca and Shizue Osa