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Routledge Studies in Second World War History


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The Second World War remains today the most seismic political event of the past hundred years, an unimaginable unpheaval that impacted upon every country on earth and is fully ingrained in the consciousness of the world's citizens. Traditional narratives of the conflict are entrenched to such a degree that new research takes on an ever important role in helping us make sense of World War II. Aiming to bring to light the results of new archival research and exploring notions of memory, propaganda, genocide, empire and culture, Routledge Studies in Second World War History sheds new light on the causes, events and legacy of global war.

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Jewish Art in Nazi Germany The Jewish Cultural League in Bavaria

Jewish Art in Nazi Germany: The Jewish Cultural League in Bavaria

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Dana Smith
March 28, 2022

This book provides a social and cultural history of Jewish art in Nazi Germany, with a focus on the Jewish artists, art critics, and audiences in Nazi Bavaria. From the time of its conceptualization in the autumn of 1933 until its final curtain call in November 1938, the Jewish Cultural League in ...

Jewish Child Soldiers in the Bloodlands of Europe

Jewish Child Soldiers in the Bloodlands of Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By David M. Rosen
March 04, 2022

This book is about the experiences of Jewish children who were members of armed partisan groups in Eastern Europe during World War II and the Holocaust. It describes and analyze the role of children as activists, agents, and decision makers in a situation of extraordinary danger and stress. The ...

Hitler’s Allies The Ramifications of Nazi Alliance Politics in World War II

Hitler’s Allies: The Ramifications of Nazi Alliance Politics in World War II

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By John P. Miglietta
February 10, 2022

This book examines the significance of alliances in the international system, focusing on the dynamics between great and regional powers, and on the alliances Nazi Germany made during World War II, and their implications for Germany. It examines a variety of case studies and looks at how each...

The Global Infrastructure of the Special Operations Executive

The Global Infrastructure of the Special Operations Executive

1st Edition

By Derwin Gregory
December 24, 2021

During the Second World War, the British government established the Special Operations Executive (SOE) for the purpose of coordinating ‘all action, by way of subversion and sabotage, against the enemy overseas’. Although the overseas operations of this branch of the British Secret Services are ...

Tourism and Memory Visitor Experiences of the Nazi and GDR Past

Tourism and Memory: Visitor Experiences of the Nazi and GDR Past

1st Edition

By Doreen Pastor
November 24, 2021

This book considers tourism to memorial sites from a visitor’s point of view, challenging established theories in tourism and memory studies by critically appraising Germany’s often celebrated memory culture. Based on visitor observations and exit interviews, this book examines how domestic and ...

Shoah and Torah

Shoah and Torah

1st Edition

By David Patterson
November 19, 2021

Shoah and Torah systematically takes up the task of reading the Shoah through the lens of the Torah and the Torah through the lens of the Shoah.The investigation rests upon (1) the metaphysical standing that the Nazis ascribed to the Torah, (2) the obliteration of the Torah in the extermination of ...

World War II Historical Reenactment in Poland The Practice of Authenticity

World War II Historical Reenactment in Poland: The Practice of Authenticity

1st Edition

By Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska
October 22, 2021

This book explores the consequences of the latest political shifts in Central Eastern Europe: the rise of right-wing parties and, among other things, politics becoming more invested in history. These phenomena coincide and overlap with the democratisation of history by turning the past into a hot ...

The Novel Das Boot, Political Responsibility, and Germany’s Nazi Past

The Novel Das Boot, Political Responsibility, and Germany’s Nazi Past

1st Edition

By Dean J. Guarnaschelli
September 24, 2021

This study investigates the relationship between Lothar-Günther Buchheim (1918-2007), his bestselling 1973 novel Das Boot (The Boat), and West Germany’s Vergangenheitsbewältigung. As a war reporter during the Battle of the Atlantic, Buchheim benefitted from distinct privileges, yet he was never in ...

War Through Italian Eyes Fighting for Mussolini, 1940-1943

War Through Italian Eyes: Fighting for Mussolini, 1940-1943

1st Edition

By Alexander Henry
July 19, 2021

There is a popular notion that the Italian armed forces of the Second World War were an inferior fighting force. Despite the vast numbers taken prisoner, detailed studies of the experiences of these soldiers remain relatively uncommon and the value of this group to furthering our understanding of ...

Sweden, Japan, and the Long Second World War 1931-1945

Sweden, Japan, and the Long Second World War: 1931-1945

1st Edition

By Pascal Lottaz, Ingemar Ottosson
July 14, 2021

We thank Ekman & Co AB and Gadelius Holding Ltd for their kind and generous support, making this research available online for free. Lottaz and Ottosson explore the intricate relationship between neutral Sweden and Imperial Japan during the latter’s 15 years of warfare in Asia and in the ...

Mussolini’s Army against Greece October 1940–April 1941

Mussolini’s Army against Greece: October 1940–April 1941

1st Edition

By Richard Carrier
March 09, 2021

This book analyses why the Italian army failed to defeat its Greek opponent between October 1940 and April 1941. It thoroughly examines the multiple forms of ineffectiveness that plagued the political leadership as well as the military organisation. Mussolini’s aggression of Greece ranks among the ...

The Jews of Denmark in the Holocaust Life and Death in Theresienstadt Ghetto

The Jews of Denmark in the Holocaust: Life and Death in Theresienstadt Ghetto

1st Edition

By Silvia Goldbaum Tarabini Fracapane
December 30, 2020

Based on never previously explored personal accounts and archival documentation, this book examines life and death in the Theresienstadt ghetto, seen through the eyes of the Jewish victims from Denmark. "How was it in Theresienstadt?" Thus asked Johan Grün rhetorically when he, in July 1945, ...

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