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The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War

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ISBN 9780415397094
Published October 29, 2008 by Routledge
302 Pages - 247 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War, Martin Gilbert graphically charts the war’s political, military, economic and social history through 247 maps. Each map has been specially drawn for this atlas, many of them covering topics that have not previously been mapped. The atlas covers all the major events from the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 to the defeat of Japan in August 1945, including the Blitz, the Fall of France, Pearl Harbor, the naval Battles of the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, Dieppe, Stalingrad, Midway, the Normandy Landings, the bombing of Warsaw, London, Coventry, Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Burma Railway, concentration camps and slave labour camps, and prisoner-of-war camps in Europe, the Americas and the Far East.

Focusing on the human - and inhuman - aspects of the war, The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War includes examination of:

    • Military, naval and air campaigns on all the war fronts
    • The war on land, at sea and in the air
    • The economic and social aspects of the war
    • The global nature of the war, in armed combat and in suffering
    • The impact of the war on civilians, both under occupation, and as deportees and refugees
    • The aftermath of the war: the post-war political and national boundaries; war graves, and the human cost of the war on every continent.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Acknowledgements  Section 1: From the German Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France  Section 2: Britain Alone, and its Allies  Section 3: The Soviet Union Becomes an Allied Power  Section 4: Japan and the United States Enter the War  Section 5: The Unrelenting Struggle, 1942 and Beyond  Section 6: The Unarmed and the Civilians  Section 7: Total War  Section 8: Year of Decision: 1944  Section 9: The Defeat of Germany  Section 10: The Defeat of Japan  Section 11: Global War.  Aftermath.  Epilogue. Bibliography.  Index.

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Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the leading historians of his generation. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, he is the official biographer of Churchill as well as the author of Churchill - A Life and The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust. For more information please visit


'Martin Gilbert's The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War is a riveting collection of original and informative maps.’ – The Observer

‘This really is a brilliantly useful book … All in all, this is an outstanding reference work that can also be enjoyed as an unusual graphic history of the Second World War and its many political, economic and military dimensions.’Military Illustrated

‘Gilbert’s work is quite simply, a huge repository of information. It provides history teachers with the building blocks which enable them to use their skills of evaluation, prioritisation and contextualisation … Here then is a gem of a book … Unquestionably the Atlas of the Second World War will become indispensable.' – SATH History Teaching Review

'Historian Gilbert's latest atlas covers all aspects of WWII: military, air, and naval battles, compaigns, and raids; the sufferings of civilians, Holocaust victims, forced laborers, POWs, postwar expellees, and displaced persons; economic and social issues; and the aftermath, including locations of war cemeteries ... The Routledge atlas, while compact, contains 247 maps ... 'CHOICE

‘Like all Gilbert’s atlases this is an authoritative, comprehensive and generally meticulously compiled and researched volume. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the breadth of the topics covered and the depth of information conveyed … Indeed it is the non-military dimension of this war atlas that is probably the most distinctive feature.’Reference Reviews