A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg

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By Gerhard L. Weinberg

Commonly hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st heritage of worldwide warfare II to supply a really international account of the struggle that encompassed six continents. beginning with the adjustments that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st global battle, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each aspect of worldwide struggle II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are lined in each theater of the warfare. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the conflict is tested, with new perception into how occasions in a single nook of the realm helped have an effect on occasions in different far away elements.

A global at hands is an engaging account of the second one global struggle and the realm that the struggle reshaped. Gerhard L. Weinberg was once born in Germany and spent the 1st yr of worldwide battle II in England. After serving within the U.S. military of profession in Japan, he obtained his Ph.D. from the collage of Chicago. Professor Weinberg labored on Columbia University's warfare Documentation undertaking and directed the yank historic Association's application for the microfilming of captured German files. he's the writer of various books and articles at the origins and the process the struggle, together with the prize-winning two-volume learn The overseas coverage of Hitler's Germany.

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The lesson of its origins was believed to be that a quarrel in an obscure corner of Europe—obscure needless to say only from the perspective of London—had led to a general cata­ strophe. This was taken to mean that if any problem anywhere in Europe were not solved peacefully, even if at some sacrifice to those involved, it could lead to a war that was most likely to become once again a general war, drawing in England as well as most other nations. If the lesson of 1914 was that war in Europe could not be localized, then local wars obviously had to be kept from starting in the first place; and from this view came the concept of peaceful change as a means of resolving local issues likely to precipitate local wars that would in any case become general once again.

A general additional attempt should be made so to order international affairs as to preclude a repetition of what had just taken place. These idealistic aspirations—with some justice one might call them the only truly realistic conclusions drawn from the war—were almost certain to be shattered by the other terms of any peace settlement. As the human and material costs of the war had mounted, only the hopes for a better world to follow had sustained much of the enormous effort required of the participants.

27 Here, too, one must accept a certain tragic accuracy in Hitler's per­ ception; whether any other German leader would indeed have taken the plunge is surely doubtful, and the very warnings Hitier received from a few of his advisors can only have reinforced his belief in his personal role as the one man able, willing, and even eager to lead Germany and 3o From one war to another drag the world into war. Under these circumstances, what counted in 1939 was that the propaganda effort and the new program to redouble the armament effort had been launched, not the degree to which they were in reality falling short of their objectives, or required far more time for their completion than Hitler's personal clock allowed.

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