The Origins of the Second World War in Europe - Origins Of Modern Wars (Paperback)P. M. H. Bell (author)
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PMH Bell's famous book is a comprehensive study of the period and debates surrounding the European origins of the Second World War. He approaches the subject from three different angles: describing the various explanations that have been offered for the war and the historiographical debates that have arisen from them, analysing the ideological, economic and strategic forces at work in Europe during the 1930s, and tracing the course of events from peace in 1932, via the initial outbreak of hostilities in 1939, through to the climactic German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 which marked the descent into general conflict.
Written in a lucid, accessible style, this is an indispensable guide to the complex origins of the Second World War.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
Edition: 3rd New edition
"At last we have a good survey of Europe's route to World War II. P.M.H. Bell's study is a worthy sequel to its distinguished predecessor, James Joll's The Origins of the First World War. On the whole the accuracy, precision, and balance are outstanding. Bell's words are carefully chosen, and he has produced a remarkable synthesis, complete with concrete detail and intelligent but not excessive use of statistics. The resulting work is reliable and judicious, very erudite but never ponderous."
Sally Marks, American Historical Review
"Bell's new book transcends (A.J.P.) Taylor and can replace him. Bell has delved more thoroughly into the intricate problems they both treat. He handles the evidence more fairly, and is less sure that he knows all the answers."
M.R.D. Foot, Albion
"This is a vast topic, and all one can do, by way of brief review, is to commend the masterly equity, lucidity and inclusiveness of Philip Bell's survey of its bewildering complexities."
Martin Fagg, Times Educational Supplement
"lucid, balanced and sane"
Eric Summers, History Teaching Review