Updated and expanded throughout to take into consideration the most up-to-date historical research, this new edition of The Origins of the Second World War analyzes the reasons for the outbreak of the Second World War.
Experienced historian Ruth Henig considers:
* the long-term factors that led to war
* the effect of British appeasement policies
* the significance of American isolation
* the ambitions of Italy, Japan and Russia.
The Origins of the Second World War brings one of the most controversial historical topics to life for a whole generation of students and scholars seeking to understand the reasoning and events behind this major event in world history.
Introduction Section 1: Long Term Causes Section 2: The Years 1933-41 1. Nazi Ideology 2. The Consolidation of the Nazi Regime 3. Early Diplomacy and the Challenge of Nazi Rearmament, 1933-5 4. The Challenge of Japanese and Italian Territorial Expansion 5. The Remilitarization of the Rhineland and the Spanish Civil War 6. 1938: The Anchluss with Austria and the Czechoslovak Crisis 7. From European War to World War, 1939-41 Section 3: The Historical Debate Section 4: Guide to Further Reading Index