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The Origins of the Second World War in Europe

3rd Edition

By P. M. H. Bell

Routledge

416 pages

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PMH Bell's famous book is a comprehensive study of the period and debates surrounding the European origins of the Second World War. He approaches the subject from three different angles: describing the various explanations that have been offered for the war and the historiographical debates that have arisen from them, analysing the ideological, economic and strategic forces at work in Europe during the 1930s, and tracing the course of events from peace in 1932, via the initial outbreak of hostilities in 1939, through to the climactic German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 which marked the descent into general conflict.

Written in a lucid, accessible style, this is an indispensable guide to the complex origins of the Second World War.

Table of Contents

Chronology

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION: PROBLEMS OF INTERPRETATION

1. On War and the Causes of War

2. A Thirty Years War? The Disintegration of Europe

3. The Case Against a Thirty Years War: The Restoration of Europe

4. History and Historians

PART TWO: THE UNDERLYING FORCES.

The Role of Ideology

5. Italian Fascism

6. German Nazism

7. Parliamentary Democracy: France and Britain

8. Soviet Communism

Economic Issues and the Coming of War

9. The Great Depression and International Relations

10. Economic Problems and the Coming of War

The Role of Strategy and Armed Force

11. Armed Forces, Strategy and Foreign Policy (1): France and Britain

12. Armed Forces, Strategy and Foreign Policy (2): Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union

PART THREE: THE COMING OF WAR 1932-1941

13. From Peace to the Eve of War, 1932-1937

14. War postponed, 1938

15. Decisions for War, 1939

16. The Expanding War, 1939-1940

17. Germany and the Soviet Union, 1940-1941

Conclusion

Who’s Who

Bibliography

About the Author

P.M.H. Bell is Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of France and Britain 1900-1940: Entente and Estrangement and France and Britain 1940-1994: The Long Separation.

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