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Without resort to hindsight, this study looks at why the world's greatest powers were at war 60 years ago. It aims to recapture the concerns, anxieties and prejudices of the statesmen of the 30s and the people they led.
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Richard Overy is a professor of history at the University of Exeter. A leading expert in World War II history, he has written more than twenty books, including Why the Allies Won, and The Twilight Years.From Library Journal:
This companion to a BBC-TV series is an eminently readable revision of the causes of World War II. Expanding upon earlier revisionist studies such as A.J.P. Taylor's Origins of the Second World War (LJ 4/15/62; Atheneum, 1983. pap.), Overy presents the 1920s and 1930s as perceived by the major powers at the time without the benefit of hindsight. There are no "pure knights" here preparing for the "good war," only paranoid politicians haunted by the effects of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the Great Depression weaving alliances motivated by an all-pervading social Darwinism. Even Poland is not the "innocent victim" of hindsight; among other things, the idea for resettling Jews in Madagascar was originally Polish. One could fault Overy for playing down Stalin's more sinister machinations, but suspicious as the Western powers were of Bolshevism, they did see Russia as a deterrent to German expansion. A major contribution to renewed interest in the 1930s.
-Robert Stenzel, New York
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Book Description Macmillan, London, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Part of a television series by the BBC outlining the road to war. Illustrated, maps. Seller Inventory # 002981
Book Description Macmillan, London, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. The book sets out to ask, without resort to hindsight, why the worlds greatest powers found themselves at war in 1939.B/white illustrations, maps. Seller Inventory # 000272
Book Description Macmillan & Co., together with BBC Books, London, 1989, 1989. Condition: see description. first edition, large thick 8vo, xiii,364pp, 49 photographs on art paper, in the text: 10 cartoons, election and propaganda posters, newspaper cuttings, etc., 12 maps, publisher's boards, title gilt on spine, illustrated dw, signature on front free endpaper otherwise almost as new. Seller Inventory # 91712
Book Description Macmillan. (Subject: World War II - General) A major study on the origins of the Second World War. This 'revisionist' view was a companion to the ground-breaking BBC Television series of the late eighties. (Published: 1989) (Publisher: Macmillan) (ISBN: 0333441826) (Pagination: 364pp, maps, illustrations appendix, references, bibliography, index) (Condition: Very good in d/w) UL-XXXXXX. Seller Inventory # 3227-01
Book Description Macmillan, London, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. London: Macmillan, 1989. Large, heavy, sturdy book, quality black cloth, very bright gilt lettering on spine, 364 pages, many illustrations and maps. DJ glossy black beneath mylar with white and gray illustrations in title "War" showing Hitler and other leaders on front, image of flag raising at Iwo Jima on back and more. DJ has very tiny tear at spine top left edge. Fine DJ/Very Fine book. . Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Seller Inventory # 04864
Book Description 1989. Hardback. Condition: VERY GOOD. 1989, Maccillan, Hard Cover, Book - VG, DJ - VG. Seller Inventory # 1765804