Hitler and Stalin
By (author) John R. Lukacs
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June 1941 by John R. Lukacs
Book DescriptionThis brilliant new work by the author of the best-selling Five Days in London, May 1940 is an unparalleled drama of two great leaders confronting each other in June 1941. It describes Hitler and Stalin's strange, calculating, and miscalculating relationship before the German invasion of Soviet Russia, with its gigantic (and unintended) consequences. John Lukacs questions many long-held beliefs; he suggests, for example, that among other things Hitler's first purpose involved England: if Stalin's Communist Russia were to be defeated, Hitler's Third Reich would be well-nigh invincible, and the British and American peoples would be forced to rethink the war against Hitler. The book offers penetrating insights and a new portrait of Hitler and Stalin, moved by their long-lasting inclinations. Yet among other things, Lukacs presents evidence that Hitler (rather than his generals) had moments of dark foreboding before the invasion. Stalin could not, because he wished not, believe that Hitler would choose the risk of a two-front war by attacking him; he was stunned and shocked and came close to a breakdown. But he recovered, grew into a statesman, and eventually became a prime victor of the Second World War. Such are the ironies of history; John Lukacs paints them with a shining narrative skill.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300123647
(210mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John R. Lukacs
Short History of the Twentieth Century, Hardback (October 2013)
A concise history of the twentieth century that includes themes which are inseparable from the author's own intellectual preoccupations: the fading of liberalism, the rise of populism and nationalism, the achievements and dangers of technology, the continuing democratization of the globe, and the limitations of knowledge.
Future of History, Paperback (July 2012)
Argues that the writing and teaching of history are literary rather than scientific, comprising knowledge that is neither wholly objective nor subjective. This title traces a decline in history teaching throughout higher education, matched by a corresponding reduction in the number of history students.
Legacy of the Second World War, Paperback (March 2011)View all books by John R. Lukacs
Raises perplexing questions about World War II. This work argues for World War II's central place in the history of the twentieth century, addressing the war's most persistent enigmas.
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Author Biography - John R. Lukacs
John Lukacs is one of America's most respected historians and the author of more than two dozen books on history, nine of which are published by Yale University Press.
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