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Title:
The World War Two reader
Author:
Martel, Gordon.
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2004.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 500 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The fall of France, 1940 / Martin S. Alexander -- Mobilization for total war in Germany 1939-1941 / Richard Overy -- Hiroshima : a strategy of shock / Lawrence Freedman and Saki Dockrill -- Ideology, calculation, and improvisation : spheres of influence and Soviet foreign policy 1939-1945 / Geoffrey Roberts -- The Third Reich reflected : German civil administration in the occupied Soviet Union, 1941-44 / Jonathan Steinberg -- This is the army : imagining a democratic military in World War II / Benjamin L. Alpers -- You cannot hate the bastard who is trying to kill you-- : combat and ideology in the British army in the war against Germany, 1939-45 / David French -- "Ordinary men" or "ideological soldiers"? Police battalion 310 in Russia, 1942 / Edward B. Westermann -- Race, language, and war in two cultures : World war II in Asia / John Dower -- Women in combat : the World War II experience in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and the Soviet Union / D'ann Campbell -- Nazism, modern war and rural society in Württemberg, 1939-45 / Jill Stephenson -- Partisanes and gender politics in Vichy France / Paula Schwartz -- War and social history : Britain and the home front during the Second World War / Jose Harris -- The politics of sacrifice on the American home front in World War II / Mark H. Leff -- Female desires : the meaning of World War II / Marilyn Lake -- Victims of genocide and national memory : Belgium, France and the Netherlands 1945-1965 / Pieter Lagrou -- Making histories : experiencing the Blitz in London's museums in the 1990s / Lucy Noakes -- Saving Private Ryan and postwar memory in America / John Bodnar -- Transformative knowledge and postnationalist public spheres : the Smithsonian Enola Gay controversy / Lisa Yoneyama.
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9780415224024

9780415224031
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Summary

Summary

From highly respected field academic Gordon Martel, The World War Two Readeris a rare work that provides a complete and up-to-date overview of the recent historiography on World War Two.

Huge in scope, both geographically and thematically, this excellent reader examines twenty-one articles by some of the best known and most innovative scholars in the field. Taking a global approach, Martel discusses all aspects of the war including:

the military aspect the political and strategic backdrop ideology gender and women's roles the home front social aspects.

Including a comprehensive introduction, chronology, guides to key terms and figures, and introductions to chapters providing context and historiographical background, The World War Two Reader provides wide ranging and innovative reading for all students of the history of the modern world.


Author Notes

Gordon Martel is Professor and Chair of History at the University of North British Columbia. His books for Routledge include Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered (1999) and American Foreign Relations Reconsidered: 1890-1993 (1994).


Table of Contents

Part 1 Strategy: failures, shocks and mythologies
IntroductionMartin S. Alexander
The fall of France, 1940Richard Overy
Mobilization for total war in Germany 1939-1941Lawrence Freedman and Saki Dockrill
Hiroshima: A strategy of shockGeoffrey Roberts
Ideology, calculation, and improvisation: Spheres of influence and Soviet foreign policy 1939-1945Jonathan Steinberg
The third reich reflected: German civil administration in the occupied Soviet Union, 1941-4
Guide to further reading
Part 2 Soldiers: ideology, race and gender
IntroductionBenjamin L. Alpers
This is the army: Imagining a democratic military in World War IIDavid French
'You cannot hate the bastard who is trying to kill you... ': Combat and ideology in the British army in the war against Germany, 1939-45Edward B. Westermann
"Ordinary men" or "ideological soldiers"?
Police battalion 310 in Russia, 1942John Dower
Race, language, and war in two cultures: World war II inAsia D'ann Campbell
Women in combat: The World War II experience in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and the Soviet Union
Guide to further reading
Part 3 Home fronts: people, places and politics
IntroductionJill Stephenson
Nazism, modern war and rural society in Württemberg, 1939-45Paula Schwartz
Partisanes and gender politics in Vichy FranceJose Harris
War and social history: Britain and the home front during the Second World WarMark H. Leff
The politics of sacrifice on the American home front in World War IIMarilyn Lake
Female desires: The meaning of World War II
Guide to further reading
Part 4 Memories: victims, heroes and controversies
IntroductionPieter Lagrou
Victims of genocide and national memory: Belgium, France and the Netherlands 1945-1965Lucy Noakes
Making histories: Experiencing the blitz in London's museums in the 1990sJohn Bodnar
Saving Private Ryan and postwar memory in AmericaLisa Yoneyama
For transformative knowledge and postnationalist public spheres: The Smithsonian Enola Gay controversy