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The Routledge History of the Second World War

Edited By

Paul R. Bartrop

ISBN 9781138317086
Published November 9, 2021 by Routledge
810 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge History of the Second World War sums up the latest trends in the scholarship of that conflict, covering a range of major themes and issues.

The book delivers a thematic analysis of the many ways in which study of the Second World War can take place, considering international, transnational, and global approaches, and serves as a major jumping off point for further research into the specific fields covered by each of the expert authors. It demonstrates the global and total nature of the Second World War, giving due coverage to the conflict in all major theatres and through the lens of the key combatants and neutrals, examines issues of race, gender, ideology, and society during the war, and functions as a textbook to educate students as to the trends that have taken place in how the conflict has been (and can be) interpreted in the modern world. Divided into twelve parts that cover central themes of the conflict, including theatres of war, leadership, societies, occupation, secrecy and legacies, it enables those with no memory of war to approach it with a view to comprehending what it was all about and places the history of this conflict into a context that is international, transnational, and institutional.

This is a comprehensive and accessible reference volume for anyone interested in the most up to date scholarship on this major conflict.

Chapter 18 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at

Table of Contents

Part 1: Outbreaks: War to World War

1. Avoiding War? British Diplomacy and the Outbreak of War in 1939

Paul R. Bartrop

2. Planning Armageddon: Operation Barbarossa

David Stahel

3. The Origins of the War in the Pacific: 1937-1941

Greg Kennedy

Part 2: Perspectives: Tradition and Change

4. Nationalism, Identity, and Race in the Second World War

Alex Alvarez

5. A Transnational Perspective of Women on the Home Front

Frances Davey and Joanna Salapska-Gelleri

Part 3: Theatres: Fighting the War

6. The European War: An Overview

Shaun Mawdsley

7. War of Great Distances: Allied Strategy in the Pacific War, 1941-1945

Erik D. Carlson

8. The Crucial Phase of the China Theatre: The War of Resistance against Japan, 1937-1938

Kristin Mulready-Stone

9. The Battle for North Africa

Glyn Harper

10. The War at Sea, 1939-1945

Marcus Faulkner

11. War in the Third Dimension: The Exercise of Air Power in the Second World War

Richard Overy

Part 4: Leadership: Directing the War

12. Directing the War from Triumph to Disaster: The German and Italian Cases

Bastian Matteo Scianna

13. Churchill and Roosevelt as War Leaders

Robin Prior

14. Japanese Leadership in the Second World War

Richard B. Frank

15. Was Stalin Necessary? Soviet Command in the Great Patriotic War

Stephen Brown and David Sutton

Part 5: Societies: Within the Combat Zone

16. Conservatism, Radicalism and Global Conflict: Britain’s War, 1939-1945

Jonathan Fennell

17. Germany at War

Eleanor Hancock

18. Japanese Society at War: History and Memory

Philip Seaton

19. Italian Society during World War II

Shira Klein

20. Poles under German and Soviet Occupations

Paweł Machcewicz

21. France at War: A Country Divided or a Society United?

Shannon L. Fogg

22. Stalin’s War or People’s War? Total War behind the Front Lines

Stephen Brown and David Sutton

23. China Divided and at War, 1937-1945

Kristin Mulready-Stone

Part 6: Societies: Beyond the Combat Zone

24. America at War

John W. Jeffries

25. Canada: Limited Liability and Total War

Graham Broad

26. Australia and the Second World War

Lachlan Grant and Karl James

27. A Conscripted Society: Sustaining New Zealand’s War Effort

David Littlewood

28. South Asia in World War II

Eric A. Strahorn

29. Brazil at War: An Unexpected, but Necessary, Ally

Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho and Francsico César Alves Ferraz

30. Mexico: In the Shadow of World War II

Monica Rankin

Part 7: Occupation: Compliance and Resistance

31. Western Europe under Occupation

Joshua Fortin

32. Collaboration and Resistance in the East: Explaining a Contested Past

Vesna Drapac

33. Armies of Collaboration and Resistance in Southeast Asia

Kevin Blackburn

Part 8: Surviving: Remaining Neutral

34. Switzerland as a Neutral State during the Second World War

Georg Kreis

35. Sweden: An Ambiguous Participant

John Gilmour

36. Not Neutral: Spain and the Second World War

David A. Messenger

37. Apolitical Arbiter? The Vatican as a Neutral during the Second World War

Adrian Ciani

Part 9: Secrecy: The Clandestine War

38. Uncovering Secrets: Spies, Double Agents, and Codebreakers

Mary Kathryn Barbier

39. Australasian Special Operations in the Second World War

Rhys Ball and Shaun Mawdsley

Part 10: Inhumanity: Savagery and Mass Murder

40. Crimes against Humanity

Mark Edele

41. German Violations of the Law of War

Michael Bryant

42. The Second World War as a Genocidal Conflict

Jennifer Rich and Michael Dickerman

Part 11: Endings: Downfall and Victory

43. East-Central Europe: From Nazi Rule to Communism, 1943-1948

Gareth Pritchard

44. War and Destruction in Western Europe: Picking up the Pieces

Paul R. Bartrop

45. Sideshow or Pandora’s Box? Ending the Pacific War in Southeast Asia, 1945

Brian P. Farrell

46. The Quest for Justice in the Aftermath of the War

Deborah Mayersen

Part 12: Legacies: Memory and History

47. Remembering and Forgetting the War

Jordana Silverstein

48. The Second World War in Global History

Gary Sheffield

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Paul R. Bartrop is Professor Emeritus of History at Florida Gulf Coast University, USA, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of over 25 books relating to the Holocaust, genocide, and the Second World War.