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Overy, R. J.

Works: 194 works in 970 publications in 11 languages and 28,031 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Maps  Sources  Pictorial works  Personal narratives‡vGerman 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Scientific advisor
Classifications: D741, 940.5311
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Most widely held works by R. J Overy
Why the allies won by R. J Overy( Book )

64 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 2,582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is 1942. Germany controls almost the entire resources of continental Europe and is poised to move into the Middle East. Japan has wiped out the western colonial presence in East Asia in a couple of months and is threatening northern India and Australia. The Soviet Union has lost the heart of its industry, and the United States is not yet armed. Democracy has had its day."--BOOK JACKET. "The Allied victory in 1945 has since come to seem inevitable. It was not. In Richard Overy's incisive analysis, we see exactly how the Allies regained military superiority and why they were able to do it. Overy offers a brilliant analysis of the decisive campaigns: the war at sea, the crucial battles on the eastern front, the air war, and the vast amphibious assault on Europe. The eastern front was critical. Having lost four million men and tens of thousands of tanks and aircraft in the first six months of fighting, the Soviet Union was able to relocate its industrial base to the east, intensify its industrial production, and defeat the German forces at Stalingrad and Kursk. This was the turning point, the victory of one authoritarian system over another."--BOOK JACKET. "Overy also explores the deeper factors affecting military success and failure: industrial strength, fighting ability, the quality of leadership, and the moral dimensions of the war."--Jacket
The dictators : Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia by R. J Overy( Book )

49 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first full comparative history of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, Overy clearly conveys the workings of these two bloody regimes. His portraits of Hitler and Stalin take in their private and public selves, their ascents to power, and their consolidation of absolute rule. He shows us the use of terror in each system; the ways in which the party dominated politics, culture, and the economy in each; and how each waged total war. He details the creation of the Nazi extermination camps and the vast Soviet Gulag--the two dictatorships in their most inhuman forms."--Jacket
The road to war by R. J Overy( Book )

31 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 1,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructs the perspective of each country as it marched down the road to war: Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States, each with domestic problems and international ambitions
The air war, 1939-1945 by R. J Overy( Book )

37 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The air war was won and lost not only in the skies but also in the factories and the research institutes. finally, the author dispels many popular myths and in particular reveals that although air power in the form of strategic bombing by itself did not determine the war's final outcome, its use dramatically illustrated the complexities of managing modern war."--Jacket
Russia's war : blood upon the snow by R. J Overy( Book )

54 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of how the Soviet Union defeated the German invasion in World War II
1939 : countdown to war by R. J Overy( Book )

29 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A leading historian re-creates the final hours of peace in Europe. On August 24, 1939, the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact, signaling an imminent invasion of Poland and daring Western Europe to respond
Goering, the "iron man" by R. J Overy( Book )

31 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hermann Goering was Hitler's most loyal supporter, his designated successor and the second most powerful man in the Third Reich. One of the main architects of the Nazi regime, he was also instrumental in the creation of the Gestapo and directly ordered the Final Solution. But who was the man behind the carefully-constructed mask? Self-indulgent and ruthless, sybaritic and brutal, egotistical yet capable of self-effacement, weak-willed yet fiercely calculating, Goering was a contradictory, complex and often bufoonish character. He styled himself as the 'Iron Man' but was known to wear togas, fu
Interrogations : the Nazi elite in Allied hands, 1945 by R. J Overy( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: While the trial of Hitler's fallen elite at Nuremberg has been thoroughly documented, the interval between the Nazis' capture in May and June 1945 and the start of the actual trial in late November has until now remained shrouded in shadow. With Interrogations, acclaimed historian Richard Overy opens a new window into the Third Reich, providing an intimate glimpse of the savage dictatorship in its death throes. More than thirty transcripts of the interrogations are reproduced here for the first time, allowing us to hear the voices of the newly captured "Hitler gang"--Including Gr̲ing, Speer, and Hess--as they squirmed under the Allies' glare. Interrogations is the stark and disturbing history of defeat; it lays bare as never before the human weaknesses that made the Third Reich possible
The origins of the Second World War by R. J Overy( Book )

35 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Origins of the Second World War explores the reasons why the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and not sooner, and why a European war expanded into world war by 1941. Richard Overy argues that this was not just 'Hitler's War' but one that had its roots and origins in the decline of the old empires of Britain and France and the rise of ambitious new powers in Germany, Italy and Japan. Any explanation of the outbreak of hostilities must be multinational in scope taking into account the basic instability of the international system that had still not recovered from the shocks of the Great War. In this third edition: The role of Italy in the approach to war has been re-evaluated; Overy addresses recent revelations about Soviet policy in the 1930s, particularly exploring Soviet military planning and preparations; Arguments about Chamberlain and his policy of appeasement are rethought and reassessed. This new edition has now been completely overhauled, updated, expanded and reset. With a comprehensive documents section, colour plates, Guide to Who's Who, and a Chronology, The Origins of the Second World War will provide an invaluable introduction to any student of this fascinating period."--Page 4 of cover
The Nazi economic recovery, 1932-1938 by R. J Overy( Book )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bombers and the bombed : Allied air war over Europe 1940-1945 by R. J Overy( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Allied bombing campaigns of World War II questions the morality of British and American attacks on occupied European cities while offering insight into the course of the civilian front line of the Allied air war as it was shaped by political strategies
The Battle of Britain : the myth and the reality by R. J Overy( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Battle of Britain pitted the Royal Air Force against Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies over England in 1940. It was immortalized in Churchill's words, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," but it has since been debunked by revisionists as an inconclusive and even strategically flawed encounter for the British. In this assessment of the battle, author Overy restores the historical balance. He delivers shrewd judgments on the critical elements for both sides, from strategy to leadership, command organization, communications, and training to the technology of fighters, bombers, and radar. Overy shows that even if the popular myth overshoots the mark, the significance of the battle remains undiminished in the light of realistic judgments: it marked the end of Germany's string of victories, forestalled a German invasion, and kept Britain in the war.--From publisher description
The twilight years : the paradox of Britain between the wars by R. J Overy( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By the end of World War I, Britain had become a laboratory for modernity. Intellectuals, politicians, scientists, and artists--among them Arnold Toynbee, Aldous Huxley, and H.G. Wells--sought a vision for a rapidly changing world. Coloring their innovative ideas and concepts, from eugenics to Freud's unconscious, was a creeping fear that the West was staring down the end of civilization. In their home country of Britain, many of these fears were unfounded. The country had not suffered from economic collapse, occupation, civil war, or any of the ideological conflicts of inter-war Europe. Nevertheless, the modern era's promise of progress was overshadowed by a looming sense of decay and death that would deeply influence creative production and public argument between the wars.--From publisher description
War and economy in the Third Reich by R. J Overy( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War and Economy in the Third Reich examines the nature of the German economy in the 1930s and the Second World War. When Hitler came to power in 1933 he had two aims for the economy: a rapid recovery from the depths of the Great Slump and the creation of a vast economic foundation for Germany's renewed bid for world power. He wanted to turn Germany into a military superpower in the 1940s. These eleven essays explore the tension between Hitler's vision of an armed economy and the reality of German economic and social life. Richard Overy argues that the German economy was much less crisis-ridden in 1939 than its enemies supposed, and that Hitler, far from limiting his war effort, tried to mobilize the economy for 'total war' from 1939 onwards. Only the poor organization of the Nazi state and the interference of the military prevented higher levels of military output. Many of these essays challenge accepted views of the Third Reich. They are collected here for the first time. In his substantial new introduction Richard Overy reflects on the issues they raise, and the ways in which the subject is changing. Often thought-provoking, always informed, War and Economy opens a window on an essential aspect of Hitler's Germany
The inter-war crisis 1919-1939 by R. J Overy( Book )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this second edition, Richard Overy presents the history of a civilization scrambling to save itself from looming disaster which seemed as brutal and tragic as it was unavoidable. By 1918 an entire generation across Europe felt themselves poised at a crossroads: a choice between chaos and decline on the one hand or a whole new world political and economic order on the other. In this atmosphere of fear and uncertainty, entire populations strove to choose order over chaos by turning to the political extremes of fascism and communism. When explanation was required, blame was laid at the doors of enfeebled democracy, communist subversion or Jewish plots." "Despite the yearning for peace, war appeared inescapable - not simply a reaction to Hitler's rise to power, war was also seen by some as a welcome way out of a bankrupt and crisis ridden age, a violent ending that would clear the stale air of the inter-war world."--Jacket
The New York Times complete World War II, 1939-1945 : the coverage from the battlefields to the home front( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experience the history, politics, and tragedy of World War II as never before seen through the original, often first-hand daily reportage of The New York Times. The Times's complete coverage of the war is now available for the first time in this unique package
A history of war in 100 battles by R. J Overy( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke images of great triumph and equally great suffering, moments when history seemed to hang in the balance. Considered in relation to each other, such battles--and others of less immediate renown--offer insight into the changing nature of armed combat, advances in technology, shifts in strategy and thought, as well as altered geopolitical landscapes. The most significant military engagements in history define the very nature of war ... Rather than focusing on the question of victory or defeat, Overy examines what an engagement can tell us on a larger level about the history of warfare itself. New weapons and tactics can have a sudden impact on the outcome of a battle--but so too can leadership, or the effects of a clever deception, or raw courage. Overy offers a deft and visually captivating look at the engagements that have shaped the course of human history"
The Times history of the world by R. J Overy( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oversized volume covers the entire span of human history from human origins circa 5 million years ago to the present
The Penguin historical atlas of the Third Reich by R. J Overy( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bombing, states and peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With Western Europe now at the heart of a united continent it is ever more difficult to explain how only 70 years ago European states destroyed much of the urban landscape from the air. There were many blitzes between 1940 and 1945 with an estimated 700,000 people killed. The purpose of this book is to provide the basis for a comparison of the experience of western states under the impact of bombing. In particular it considers the political, cultural and social responses to bombing rather than the military, strategic and social dimensions which have formed the core of the discussion hitherto
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Why the allies won
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The dictators : Hitler's Germany and Stalin's RussiaThe road to warThe air war, 1939-1945Russia's war : blood upon the snow1939 : countdown to warGoering, the "iron man"Interrogations : the Nazi elite in Allied hands, 1945The origins of the Second World War