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World War II
A Global History





ISBN 9780367150976
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
414 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations

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Fully revised and restructured, the sixth edition of World War II: A Global History offers students a concise and yet thorough textbook that examines history’s bloodiest conflict. The chapters alternate between chronological chapters on Europe and Asia-Pacific and thematic chapters on innovations, home fronts, brutal regimes, and logistics. This textbook includes the following features:

  • A lively narrative of facts, events, people, and ideas that incorporates thoughtful analysis
  • New material and restructured content on global factors that affected the causes, conduct, and consequences of World War II
  • Balanced pace that does not bog readers down in too many details yet gives them sufficient depth and breadth for context
  • Chapters, sections, and sidebars arranged in ways that can complement lectures and assignments
  • Fifty new photographs that illustrate the human condition and weaponry during World War II.

Global in focus, by blending both geographic and thematic chapters to ensure readers gain a comprehensive understanding of impact of the war worldwide, this is the perfect volume for all students of the biggest global conflict of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

1. The Great War and the Treaty of Versailles, 1914-1920  2. Restoring Normalcies and Rising Threats, 1920-1929  3. The Great Depression, the Asian War, and Nazi Germany, 1929-1939   4. Innovation and Stagnation of Technologies, 1919-1941  5. The Start of War the European War, 1939-1940  6. Fighting on the Periphery in Europe, 1939-1941  7. Brutal New Orders: Germany in Europe and Japan in Asia 8. America’s Path to War and Japan’s Tide of Victories, 1939-1942  9. Turning the Tide in Asia and the Pacific, 1942-1944  10. Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942-1944  11. Contesting Logistics in the Air and at Sea  12. Total Wars on the Home Fronts  13. Winning on Four Fronts in Europe, 1944-1945  14. Winning on Four Fronts in Asia and the Pacific, 1944-1945  15. From Hot War to Cold War

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Biography

Michael J. Lyons is Emeritus Professor of History at North Dakota State University, U.S.A. He is author of the previous editions of World War II: A Short History and of World War I: A Short History.

David J. Ulbrich directs the online M.A. in Military History Program at Norwich University, U.S.A. He is co-author of Race and Gender in Modern Western Warfare and of the second edition of Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century.

Reviews

"Longstanding as a widely used standard as a main course text for the study of the Second World War, this revised edition brings a classic up to date with authority. Important discussions on such central themes as the diplomacy of war, intelligence, strategic bombing, and the Pacific War help this latest edition do just what a survey is supposed to do: provide students with a sure-footed critical introduction to the breadth, depth and context of the pivotal conflict of the twentieth century."

Brian P. Farrell, National University of Singapore, Singapore

"This sixth edition updated by David Ulbrich promises to bring to undergraduates a more comprehensive account of the Second World War, its origins, and its impact in a more concise length and format. Moreover, Ulbrich has balanced individual agency with the larger forces of history and integrated aspects of the New Military History and Cultural Studies such as life on home fronts. Upper division undergraduates and their professors will also benefit from the extensive supplemental readings lists, as well as the visual aids throughout the work."

Hal M. Friedman, Henry Ford College, USA

"In World War II: A Global History, David Ulbrich expertly and concisely tells the story of World War II in a way that brings the latest historical research and analysis into our understanding of the twentieth century's deadliest conflict. This revised edition is a rare example of a textbook that not only captures the global context of the conflict, but also presents a comprehensive timeline of the events that led the world into the cauldron of war."

Colin M. Colbourn, Project Recover

"[L]a synthèse réalisée est dense et complete et l’ouvrage constituera un excellent outil de travail por les étudiants."

Défense et Sécurité Internationale

"David Ulbrich and Michael Lyons provide a necessary and valuable globalized treatment of that conflict that is ideally suited to textbook duty in the undergraduate class>room. [...] Ulbrich has produced a valuable book
bibliographical records for instructors, as was his intent."

Robert F. Williams, International Journal of Military History and Historiography, 42 (2022) 242–244