Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945 (Hardback)Richard Overy (author)
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A compelling, unflinching study into the various imperial projects of the Axis powers, Blood and Ruins explores the ambitions of global expansion that played out in the Second World War, rife with crime, barbarity and torture.
Richard Overy sets out in Blood and Ruins to recast the way in which we view the Second World War and its origins and aftermath. He argues that this was the 'great imperial war', a violent end to almost a century of global imperial expansion which reached its peak in the ambitions of Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s and early 1940s, before descending into the largest and costliest war in human history and the end, after 1945, of all territorial empires.
How war on a huge scale was fought, supplied, paid for, supported by mass mobilization and morally justified forms the heart of this new account. Above all, Overy explains the bitter cost for those involved in fighting, and the exceptional level of crime and atrocity that marked these imperial projects, the war and its aftermath. This war was as deadly for civilians as it was for the military, a war to the death over the future of the global order.
Blood and Ruins is a masterpiece from of one of the most renowned historians of the Second World War, which will compel us to view the war in novel and unfamiliar ways. Thought-provoking, original and challenging, Blood and Ruins sets out to understand the war anew.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 1040
Weight: 1282 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 47 mm
This book is Richard Overy's magnum opus (in every sense of the phrase) ... It would be difficult to overstate the brilliance with which argument and insight are interwoven in a fast-paced narrative ... Extraordinarily compelling, and written with remarkable fluency.-- John Darwin * Times Literary Supplement *
This is a magnificent book that reflects the deep scholarship and humane judgment of a magisterial historian. * The Economist *
A truly global view of World War II ... perhaps the single most comprehensive account of the Second World War yet to appear in one volume. You might think that by reading extensively, you could construct a book like this one. You could not ... Richard Overy has done a signal service with this compellingly written, impressively researched book. -- Rana Mitter * The Critic *
Recasting World War Two as the logical continuation of decades of imperial growth and territorial ambition, this new exploration of the conflict is expansive in its geographical and chronological scope. Yet it never loses sight of the very human cost of that ambition ... A weighty, important take from a leading author in the field. * History Revealed *
His masterly synthesis of the war's vast literature and sources has never been bettered. ... it is unflagging and consistently illuminating.-- Geoffrey Roberts * Irish Times *
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