The Origins of World War Two
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Origins of World War Two by Robert Boyce
Book DescriptionNo issue in modern history has been more intensively studied, or subject to wider interpretation, than the origins of the Second World War. A conflict involving three - arguably four - major aggressor Powers, operating simultaneously but largely separately on two continents, inevitably raises complex theories and debates. Each participating power has its own history, and each one must take account of various influences upon the behaviour of its soldiers and statesmen. His wide-ranging collection of original essays, each by an international expert in their field, covers all aspects of the subject and highlights the controversy that continues to characterise current thinking on the origins of the war. Going beyond the usual Eurocentric approach, Part I examines the roles of all seven of the Great Powers (including Japan and the USA), as well as the parts played by several of the lesser Powers, such as Czechoslovakia, Poland and China. Part II contains chapters which explore key themes that cannot be fully understood within the context of any single country. These themes include the role of ideology, propaganda, intelligence, armaments, economics, diplomacy, the neutral states, peace movements, and the social science approach to war. Written in clear, jargon-free prose, together these essays provide a comprehensive single-volume text for students and teachers, and are essential reading for all with an interest in the debates surrounding the causes of World War Two.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333945261
(239mm x 159mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This collection of essays by international experts is divided into two parts: part one explores the role of the revisionist powers, the status quo powers and the small states, while part two examines key themes, including diplomacy, intelligence, ideology, armaments, propaganda and economics.
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Author Biography - Robert Boyce
ROBERT BOYCE is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. JOSEPH A. MAIOLO is Lecturer in International History in the Department of War Studies, King's College London.
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