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The World War Two Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Gordon Martel


528 pages

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Paperback: 9780415224031
pub: 2004-05-20
Hardback: 9780415224024
pub: 2004-05-20

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From highly respected field academic Gordon Martel, The World War Two Reader is a rare work that provides a complete and up-to-date overview of the recent historiography on World War Two.

Huge in scope, both geographically and thematically, this excellent reader examines twenty-one articles by some of the best known and most innovative scholars in the field. Taking a global approach, Martel discusses all aspects of the war including:

  • the military aspect
  • the political and strategic backdrop
  • ideology
  • gender and women’s roles
  • the home front
  • social aspects.

Including a comprehensive introduction, chronology, guides to key terms and figures, and introductions to chapters providing context and historiographical background, The World War Two Reader provides wide ranging and innovative reading for all students of the history of the modern world.


'An impressive array of recent research completed by some of the most groundbreaking historians writing on the Second War. The nineteen essays found in this skillfully edited and presented anthology illuminate interpretations that shape and guide current scholarship….The collection brings this rich scholarship to students and interested readers in a clear and accessible format. ' - Michael J. Galgano, Journal of Military History

'One chapter of particular interest on the British Army is by Professor David French entitled 'You cannot hate the bastard who is trying to kill you…' - Alan Jeffreys, Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

Table of Contents

Part 1: Strategy: Failures, Shocks and Mythologies Part 2: Soldiers: Ideology, Race and Gender Part 3: Home Fronts: People, Places and Politics Part 4: Memories: Victims, Heroes and Controversies

About the Editor

Gordon Martel is Professor and Chair of History at the University of North British Columbia. His books for Routledge include Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered (1999) and American Foreign Relations Reconsidered: 1890-1993 (1994).

About the Series

Routledge Readers in History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century