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Visions of Victory
The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders

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  • Date Published: November 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521708753

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  • Visions of Victory, first published in 2005, explores the views of eight leaders of the major powers of World War II - Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Chiang Kai-shek, Stalin, Churchill, de Gaulle, and Roosevelt. He compares their visions of the future in the event of victory. While the leaders primarily focused on fighting and winning the war, their decisions were often shaped by their aspirations for the future. What emerges is a startling picture of postwar worlds. After exterminating the Jews, Hitler intended for all Slavs to die so Germans could inhabit Eastern Europe. Mussolini and Hitler wanted extensive colonies in Africa. Churchill hoped for the re-emergence of British and French empires. De Gaulle wanted to annex the northwest corner of Italy. Stalin wanted to control Eastern Europe. Roosevelt's vision included establishing the United Nations. Weinberg's comparison of the individual portraits of the war-time leaders is a highly original and compelling study of history that might have been.

    • Highly original analysis of the future visions of eight major leaders of World War II, including Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt
    • Appeal to the general reader, students, and specialists
    • A straightforward and accessible analysis of an enormous quantity of evidence, much of which has only recently come to light
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    'Gerhard Weinberg is probably the world's leading expert on Hitler's foreign policy … Visions of Victory is a beautifully written and wide-ranging synthesis of a large and burgeoning literature. It is based on deep knowledge and profound judgment. It is a masterpiece of historical writing that should be read by anyone interested in the origins of the world in which we live.' Financial Times

    'It is an extraordinarily well-informed and well-crafted book which explains how great were the stakes of the Second World War, and how lastingly important was the achievement of the Allies in forcing 'unconditional surrender' by Germany and Japan.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521708753
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Adolf Hitler
    2. Benito Mussolini
    3. Tojo Hideki
    4. Chiang Kai-shek
    5. Josef Stalin
    6. Winston Churchill
    7. Charles de Gaulle
    8. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    9. The real postwar world.

  • Author

    Gerhard L. Weinberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Gerhard L. Weinberg is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the origins and course of World War II, including A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and Germany, Hitler, and World War II (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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