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Origins of the Second World War


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1. The origins of the Second World War: the historical debate - Professor Anthony Adamthwaite; 2. Italy and the origins of the Second World War - Professor Richard Bosworth; 3. Neville Chamberlain: guilty or innocent - a critical assessment - Professor John Charmley; 4. A war mentality? Public opinion and foreign policy in the Third Reich - Professor Thomas Childers; 5. The war that Hitler won: the Wehrmacht, military operations and the German way of war - Robert Citino.; 6. The role of the USA in the international relations of the inter-war period - Professor Patrick O.Cohrs. 7. Guilty men? Three British Foreign Secretaries of the 1930s - David Dutton.; 8. The failure of detente? German foreign policy from Locarno to German rearmament - Professor Conan Fischer; 9. The role of the Middle East in the global crisis of the inter-war years - Professor Thomas G. Fraser; 10. The Czech crisis of 1938 - Professor Milan Hauner; 11. German foreign policy, military strategy and the coming of war - Professor Jurgen Forster; 12. The League of Nations: why did it fail? - Baroness Dr Ruth Henig; 13. Japanese foreign policy and the road to the Asia-Pacific war - Professor Haruo Iguchi; 14. Politics, strategy and economics: a comparative analysis of British and French 'appeasement' - Dr Talbot Imlay; 15. The role of US isolationism - Professor Manfred Jonas; 16. The role of the neutral European powers - Professor Efraim Karsh; 17. The role of the 'Jewish Question' in international affairs in the inter-war years - Dr Mark Levene; 18. Was Chamberlain's appeasement a viable policy to cope with the Nazi threat in the 1930s? - Frank McDonough.; 19. The international implications of the Spanish Civil War - Professor Enrique Moradiellos; 20. The role of economic factors in the origins of the Second World War - Professor Richard Overy; 21. Poland, the 'Danzig Question' and the outbreak of war - Professor Anita Prazmowska; 22. Appeasement reconsidered: reflections on the road to war - Professor Jeffrey Record; 23. The Soviet Union and the road to war - Professor Geoffrey Roberts; 24. The Versailles settlement: a critical assessment - Professor Alan Sharp; 25. An ideological genealogy of Imperial Japanese-era militarism - M.G.Sheftall.; 26. The missing dimension? The role of British intelligence - Dr Calder Watson; 27.Poland and the road to war - Professor Piotyr Wandycz; 28. Neutral Europe and the road to war - Dr Neville Wylie; 29. French foreign policy and the road to war - Professor Robert J. Young.

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Frank McDonough is a recognised authority on Anglo-German relations and is Reader of International History at Liverpool John Moores University. A prolific writer, his books include Neville Chamberlain, Appeasement and the British Road to War (1998); The Holocaust (2008); and Sophie Scholl: Heroine of the German Resistance (2009)


An international history of the origins of the Second World War at its best...Internationalizing the study of history, obviously an important objective, is easier said than carried out, but this volume shows that the ideal can become a reality when a leading scholar brings together a number of scholars from various countries who share his vision and cooperate with him in producing an insightful new volume--Sanford Lakoff
Frank McDonough has managed a tour de force with this splendid collection on the origins of the Second World War. The gathering together in one volume of twenty-eight distinguished historians from half a dozen countries is itself a remarkable achievement. The exhaustively researched, lucid essays addressing the long-term causes of the war from a wide variety of perspectives represent a model of what international history should be. The book is the most comprehensive treatment of this complicated historical topic and will be of interest not only to scholarly specialists but to the reading public as well--Sanford Lakoff
Here is modern history-writing at its very best. Frank McDonough has brought together no fewer than 30 other leading scholars to examine that most vital of historical moments - the outbreak of the Second World War - from every conceivable international aspect. Ground-breaking, fascinating, occasionally deeply revisionist and always highly readable; this sets the mark for all collaborative history from now on--Sanford Lakoff
This is the perfect companion for the scholar and student of the origins of the Second World War. Accessible and extraordinarily comprehensive, it raises a raft of new scholarly questions, while its breadth and the standing of its contributors will without doubt make it a standard work--Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History, University of Sydney, Australia.

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