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The origins of the Second World War in Europe

Author: P M H Bell
Publisher: London ; New York : Longman, 1997.
Series: Origins of modern wars.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
This addition to Longman's Origins of Modern Wars series traces the course of events that led to the Second World War in Europe from 1932 through to Germany's invasion of Russia in 1941.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P M H Bell
ISBN: 0582304709 9780582304703
OCLC Number: 36029739
Description: xiii, 370 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1: Problems of interpretation --
On war and the causes of war --
A thirty years war? The disintegration of Europe --
The case against a thirty years war: the restoration of Europe --
History and historians --
2: The underlying forces --
The role of ideology --
Italian fascism --
German Nazism --
Parliamentary democracy: France and Britain --
Soviet communism --
Economic issues and the coming of war --
The great depression and international relations --
Economic problems and the coming of war --
The role of strategy and armed force --
Armed forces, strategy, and foreign policy (1): France and Britain --
Armed forces, strategy, and foreign policy (2): Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union --
3: The coming of war, 1932-1941 --
From peace to the eve of war 1932-1937 --
War postponed, 1938 --
Decisions for war, 1939 --
The expanding war, 1939-1940 --
Germany and the Soviet Union, 1940-1941.
Series Title: Origins of modern wars.
Responsibility: P.M.H. Bell.


This well-reviewed classic survey examines the European origins of the war from three different angles: the explanations and historiographical debates they have sparked, an analysis of the major  Read more...


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'...the accuracy, precision, and balance are outstanding... a remarkable synthesis.' "American Historical Review" 'Bell's new book transcends [A.J.P.] Taylor and can replace him.' "Albion"

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