The significant and sustained popular interest in the Second World War is matched by the scale and scope of scholarly engagement in the subject. The articles selected for this volume cover a wide range of topics reflecting the fact that the largest recorded war in history and the most intense period of global instability in the twentieth century, was fought by many different states, large and small, over differing periods of time and for many different reasons. In an area where there is no shortage of material to choose from, the articles presented here are distinguished for their depth of scholarship, stylistic elegance and inter-disciplinary confidence.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Repercussions of the Breda variant, Don W. Alexander; Incident at Baranivka: German reprisals and the Soviet partisan movement in Ukraine, October-December 1941, Truman Anderson; The missing years: German workers, German soldiers, Omer Bartov; The Malayan campaign, 1941-2, in international perspective, Carl Bridge; Reflections on France, Britain and the winter war prodrome, 1939-40, John C. Cairns; 'Dilly-dally', or having the last word: Field Marshall Sir John Dill and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Alex Danchev; Kursk - sixty years on, Karl-Heinz Frieser, Pavel Kulikov, Christopher Bellamy, Geoffrey Vesey Holt and John Hughes-Wilson ; Black marks: Hitler's bribery of his senior officers during World War II, Norman J.W. Goda; The battle of Gembloux, 14-15 May 1940: the 'blitzkrieg' checked, Jeffrey A. Gunsberg; Resource mobilization for World War II; the USA, UK, USSR, and Germany, 1938-1945, Mark Harrison; The strategic air offensive against Germany: the early phase, H.W. Koch; Was World War II a near-run thing?, Alan J. Levine; The treatment of prisoners of war in World War II, S.P. MacKenzie; Hitler's war and the German economy: a reinterpretation, R.J. Overy; Understanding defeat: reappraising Italy's role in World War II, James J. Sadkovich; Partisanes and gender politics in Vichy France, Paula Schwartz; The Third Reich reflected: German civil administration in the occupied Soviet Union, 1941-4, Jonathan Steinberg; Nazism, modern war, and rural Society in Württemberg, 1939-45, Jill Stephenson; War against sub-humans: comparisons between the German war against the Soviet Union and the American war against Japan, 1941-45, James Weingartner; Name Index