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.
Advancing Holocaust Studies
The Polish Wild West Forced Migration and Cultural Appropriation in the Polish-German Borderlands, 1945-1948
The Construction of a National Socialist Europe during the Second World War How the New Order Took Shape
German-occupied Europe in the Second World War
By Pascal Lottaz, Ingemar Ottosson
June 29, 2021
Lottaz and Ottosson explore the intricate relationship between neutral Sweden and Imperial Japan during the latter's fifteen years of warfare in Asia and in the Pacific. While Sweden’s relationship with European Axis powers took places under the premiss of existential security concerns, the case of...
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 ...
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, ...
By Pothiti Hantzaroula
November 30, 2020
A historical investigation of children’s memory of the Holocaust in Greece illustrates that age, generation and geographical background shaped postwar Jewish identities. The examination of children’s narratives deposited in the era of digital archives enables an understanding of the age-specific ...
Edited By Carol Rittner, John K. Roth
July 23, 2020
The growing field of Holocaust studies confronts a world wracked by antisemitism, immigration and refugee crises, human rights abuses, mass atrocity crimes, threats of nuclear war, the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, and environmental degradation. What does it mean to advance ...
By Anson Rabinbach, Stefanos Geroulanos, Dagmar Herzog
July 09, 2020
A widely celebrated intellectual historian of twentieth-century Europe, Anson Rabinbach is one of the most important scholars of National Socialism working over the last forty years. This volume collects, for the first time, his pathbreaking work on Nazi culture, antifascism, and the after-effects ...
By Beata Halicka
May 26, 2020
The incorporation of German territories east of the Oder and Western Neisse rivers into Poland in 1945 was linked with the difficult process of an almost total exchange of population and involved the taking over of a region in which the Second World War had effected an enormous level of ...
By Natacha Chevalier
April 22, 2020
Based on deep analysis of Mass Observation wartime diaries, Food in Wartime Britain explores the food experience of the British middle classes in their own words throughout the course of the Second World War. It reveals that, while the food practices of the population were modified by rationing and...
By Raimund Bauer
October 17, 2019
Throughout the Second World War, the term ‘Europe’ featured prominently in National Socialist rhetoric. This book reconstructs what Europe stood for in National Socialist Germany, analyses how the interplay of its defining elements changed dependent on the war, and shows that the new European order...
Edited By Maria Björkman, Patrik Lundell, Sven Widmalm
May 21, 2019
The book investigates the rather neglected "intellectual" collaboration between National Socialist Germany and other countries, including views on knowledge and politics among "pro-German" intellectuals, using a comparative approach. These moves were shaped by the Nazi system, which viewed ...
Edited By Raffael Scheck, Fabien Théofilakis, Julia Torrie
February 28, 2019
Inspired by recent works on Nazi empire, this book provides a framework to guide occupation research with a broad comparative angle focusing on human interactions. Overcoming national compartmentalization, it examines Nazi occupations with attention to relations between occupiers and local ...
By Charlie Hall
February 05, 2019
At the end of the Second World War, Germany lay at the mercy of its occupiers, all of whom launched programmes of scientific and technological exploitation. Each occupying nation sought to bolster their own armouries and industries with the spoils of war, and Britain was no exception. Shrouded in ...