From World War to Cold War
Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s
By (author) David Reynolds
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From World War to Cold War by David Reynolds
Book DescriptionThe 1940s was probably the most dramatic and decisive decade of the 20th century. This volume explores the Second World War and the origins of the Cold War from the vantage point of two of the great powers of that era, Britain and the USA, and of their wartime leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt. It also looks at their chequered relations with Stalin and at how the Grand Alliance crumbled into an undesired Cold War. But this is not simply a story of top-level diplomacy. David Reynolds explores the social and cultural implications of the wartime Anglo-American alliance, particularly the impact of nearly three million GIs on British life, and reflects more generally on the importance of cultural issues in the study of international history. This book persistently challenges popular stereotypes - for instance on Churchill in 1940 or his Iron Curtain speech. It probes cliches such as 'the special relationship' and even 'the Second World War'. And it offers new views of the familiar, such as the Fall of France in 1940 or Franklin Roosevelt as 'the wheelchair president'. Incisive and readable, written by a leading international historian, these essays encourage us to rethink our understanding of this momentous period in world history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199284115
(242mm x 163mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - David Reynolds
David Reynolds is Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University and Nihon University, Tokyo. His most recent book is the prize-winning In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War.
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