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The Cambridge History of the Second World War

Volume 1. Fighting the War

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Evan Mawdsley, John Ferris, David French, Jay Taylor, Martin S. Alexander, Gerhard Weinberg, John Gooch, Alessio Patalono, Thomas Mahnken, Bruce W. Menning, Jonathan House, Hans Van De Ven, Karl-Heinz Frieser, David R. Stone, Simon Ball, Mary Kathryn Barbier, John T. Kuehn, Marc Milner, Tami Davis Biddle, Eliot Cohen, Dennis Showalter, Sanders Marble, Phillips O'Brien, Bob Moore, Ben H. Shepherd
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108406383

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  • The military events of the Second World War have been the subject of historical debate from 1945 to the present. It mattered greatly who won, and fighting was the essential determinant of victory or defeat. In Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of the Second World War a team of twenty-five leading historians offer a comprehensive and authoritative new account of the war's military and strategic history. Part I examines the military cultures and strategic objectives of the eight major powers involved. Part II surveys the course of the war in its key theatres across the world, and assesses why one side or the other prevailed there. Part III considers, in a comparative way, key aspects of military activity, including planning, intelligence, and organisation of troops and matérial, as well as guerrilla fighting and treatment of prisoners of war.

    • Presents a comprehensive and authoritative account of the war's military and strategic history
    • Examines the military cultures and strategic objectives of the eight major powers involved
    • Considers key aspects of military activity, including planning, intelligence, and organisation of troops and matérial, as well as guerrilla fighting and treatment of prisoners of war
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    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108406383
    • length: 818 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 139 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.39kg
    • contains: 40 b/w illus. 13 colour illus. 24 maps 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction Evan Mawdsley
    Introduction to Volume 1 John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley
    Part I. Grand Strategies: Introduction to Part I John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley
    1. British military strategy David French
    2. China's long war with Japan Jay Taylor
    3. French grand strategy and defence preparations Martin S. Alexander
    4. German strategy, 1939–45 Gerhard Weinberg
    5. Mussolini's strategy 1939–43 John Gooch
    6. Feigning grand strategy: Japan, 1937–45 Alessio Patalono
    7. US grand strategy, 1939–45 Thomas Mahnken
    8. Soviet strategy Bruce W. Menning and Jonathan House
    Part II. Campaigns: Introduction to Part II John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley
    9. Campaigns in China, 1937–45 Hans Van De Ven
    10. War in the West, 1939–40: an unplanned Blitzkrieg Karl-Heinz Frieser
    11. War in the West, 1939–40: the Battle of Britain? John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley
    12. Operations on the Eastern Front, 1941–5 David R. Stone
    13. The Mediterranean and North Africa, 1940–4 Simon Ball
    14. The war in the West, 1943–5 Mary Kathryn Barbier
    15. The war in the Pacific, 1941–5 John T. Kuehn
    16. The Atlantic war, 1939–45 Marc Milner
    17. Anglo-American strategic bombing, 1940–5 Tami Davis Biddle
    Part III. Fighting Forces: Introduction to Part III John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley
    18. War planning Eliot Cohen
    19. Armies, navies, air forces: the instruments of war Dennis Showalter
    20. Filling the ranks: conscription and personnel policies Sanders Marble
    21. Logistics by land and air Phillips O'Brien
    22. Intelligence John Ferris
    23. Prisoners of war Bob Moore
    24. Guerrillas and counter-insurgency Ben H. Shepherd
    Bibliographical essays
    Index.

  • Editors

    John Ferris, University of Calgary
    John Ferris is Professor of History and Fellow at The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. He received an M.A. (1980) and a Ph.D. (1986) in War Studies from King's College London. He has published four books and one hundred academic articles or chapters in books, on diplomatic, intelligence and military history, as well as contemporary strategy and intelligence. His books have been published in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom: they have been translated into French and Japanese. He comments in national and international media, on Canadian and American foreign and military policy. He has been Cryptologic Historical Scholar in Residence at The National Security Agency and Killam Residential Professor at the University of Calgary, and is Honorary Professor at the Department of International Politics, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Adjunct Professor at the Department of War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada. He has just completed a book on the theory of intelligence and is working on a study of Britain, Japan, the United States, intelligence, deception and strategy, and the outbreak of the Pacific War.

    Evan Mawdsley, University of Glasgow
    Evan Mawdsley is an international historian who has written extensively on the Second World War. Educated at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, his work for many years dealt with twentieth-century Russian history, where he wrote and taught on the revolution, the civil war, the Stalin period and the nature of the Soviet-era political elite. His Russian Civil War, originally published in 1987, remains in print as a standard work on the subject. In the past fifteen years his research and writing have concentrated on the Second World War. Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941–1945 was published in 2005. After completing that book he moved in two quite different directions, producing a broad-brush treatment of the whole global conflict in the form of World War II: A New History (2009), and zooming in to examine a critical two weeks of the conflict with December 1941: Twelve Days that Began a World War (2011). He is currently writing an overall naval history of the war, as well as preparing a second edition of Thunder in the East. He was Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow and since 2010 has been an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow there.

    Contributors

    Evan Mawdsley, John Ferris, David French, Jay Taylor, Martin S. Alexander, Gerhard Weinberg, John Gooch, Alessio Patalono, Thomas Mahnken, Bruce W. Menning, Jonathan House, Hans Van De Ven, Karl-Heinz Frieser, David R. Stone, Simon Ball, Mary Kathryn Barbier, John T. Kuehn, Marc Milner, Tami Davis Biddle, Eliot Cohen, Dennis Showalter, Sanders Marble, Phillips O'Brien, Bob Moore, Ben H. Shepherd

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