World War II defined the 20th century and shaped the contemporary world; from the decolonization of Africa to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. This comprehensive series, edited by one of the worlds leading military historians, offers a focused overview of this complex and volatile era, taking into account the political, economic and social factors, as well as military circumstances of the road to war and its consequences. Augmented by a full length and detailed introduction by the editor, each volume gathers together the seminal articles on specific arenas of the war, providing a convenient and essential resource for researchers and general readers alike.
'Jeremy Black has collected together a number of the best Anglo-American articles to appear in specialised journals over recent years on the Pacific War' Journal of Royal Asiatic Society 'Professor Black is to be congratulated on having assembled a notable series…In the course of this comprehensive collection of shrewdly selected articles, Professor Black has deftly highlighted much of what made the Second World War unique…There is much in the series to assist the undergraduate and the researcher in confirming a grasp both of historiography and of the cut and thrust of revisionist debate.' History
Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Khalkhin-Gol: the forgotten war, Amnon Sella; Planning for an unpredictable war: British intelligence assessments and the war against Japan, 1937-45,Douglas Ford; The evolution of fleet tactical doctrine in the US Navy, 1922-1941, Trent Hone; In support of the battle line: gunnery's influence on the development of carrier aviation in the US Navy, Thomas Wildenberg; Major-General George Grunert, WPO-3, and the Philippine Army, 1940-1941, Richard B. Meixsel; Army, air force and navy air force: Japanese aviation and the opening phase of the war in the Far East, A.D. Harvey;Operation Dovetail: bungled Guadalcanal rehearsal, July 1942, William H. Bartsch; Walter Krueger, Douglas MacArthur and the Pacific war: the Wadke-Sarmi campaign as a case study, Kevin C. Holzimmer; Japanese defense of Bataan, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 16 December 1944-4 September 1945, B. David Mann; No quarter: the Pacific battlefield, Eric Bergerud; Language at war: US Marine Corps Japanese language officers in the Pacific war, Roger V. Dingman; Burma memoirs and the reality of war, Stanley `L. Falk; A paper tiger: the Indian National Army in battle, 1944-1945, Chandar S. Sundaram; Breaking the cycle of Iwo Jima mythology: a strategic study of Operation Detachment, Robert S. Burrell; Diary of first lieutenant Sugihara Kinryu: Iwo Jima, January-February 1945, Stephen J. Lofgren; War's end on Okinawa: in search of Captain Robert Fowler, Matthew Stevenson; Compelling Japan's surrender without the A-bomb, Soviet entry, or invasion: reconsidering the US bombing survey's early-surrender conclusions, Barton J. Bernstein; Shaping the past battlefield, 'for the future': the United States strategic bombing survey's evaluation of the American air war against Japan, Gian P. Gentile; Truman and the A-bomb: targeting noncombatants, using the bomb and his defending the 'decision', Barton J. Bernstein. Name index.