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No simple victory : World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

Author: Norman Davies
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? In this fresh exploration of World War II, particularly focusing on the role of the Soviet Union and Stalin's Red Army in the defeat of Nazi Germany, Davies replaces the widely accepted "good versus evil" narrative with a more complex truth -- one in which "victory" tarnished the reputation of the West and, for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Davies
ISBN: 9780143114093 0143114093
OCLC Number: 191929165
Notes: Published in Great Britain as Europe at war 1939-1945: no simple victory by MacMillan --t.p. verso.
Published in Penguin Books 2008 --t.p. verso.
Description: ix, 544 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Interpretation : five factors --
Warfare : military action in Europe, 1939-1945 --
Politics : before, during, and after the war --
Soldiers : from enlistment to war grave --
Civilians : life and death in wartime --
Portrayals : the Second World War in pictures, literature and history --
Inconclusions.
Responsibility: Norman Davies.

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If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? In this fresh exploration of World War II, particularly focusing on the role of the Soviet Union and Stalin's Red Army in the defeat of Nazi Germany, Davies replaces the widely accepted "good versus evil" narrative with a more complex truth -- one in which "victory" tarnished the reputation of the West and, for most of Europe, exchanged one form of totalitarian oppression for another. - Back cover.

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