The Battle for History: Re-fighting World War Two

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World War II killed 50 million people, destroyed swathes of Europe's cultural heritage, devasted its economy, depraved its politics and devalues the very basis of its civilization. It was the greatest and most terrible conflict in history, and as such, it has always been the centre of controversy. This work explores the many differing historical views of World War II including biographies of its key players, pivotal campaigns, occupations and resistance and special subjects such as Intellignece and war economies.

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Consider this book a means to an end: much of it is actually a bibliographic essay in which the distinguished military historian John Keegan points to what he considers the most important books on the Second World War. Anybody interested in the conflict will want to consult Keegan's list as they add to their personal libraries. Keegan also lays out the war's historiography, pointing out how much still is not known about what happened, especially on Europe's eastern front. He makes the surprising comment that the definitive history of the Second World War has yet been written. To the extent that no single person has expertise in the dozen or so languages necessary to grasp all of the essential literature on the subject--or the many years it would take to master this material--he may have a point. But has he forgotten his own one-volume book, The Second World War? In any event, this isn't the first, second, or third book on the Second World War that you will want to buy. But as your collection grows, you will find this one indispensable.

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With the same erudition, discernment, and crisp prose that made his A History of Warfare an international bestseller, Keegan surveys the literature of World War II, identifying the works he finds most important and illuminating while examining the sometimes savage controversies raised by two generations of the war's historians.

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