The Cambridge History of the Second World War

TitleThe Cambridge History of the Second World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
Number of Volumes3
Number of Pages872, 701, 833
PublisherCambridge University Press

The Cambridge History of the Second World War is an authoritative new account of the conflict that unfolded between 1939 and 1945. With contributions from a team of leading historians, the three volumes adopt a transnational approach, to offer a comprehensive, global analysis of the military, political, social, economic and cultural aspects of the war.

Volume 1: Fighting the War, ed. by John Ferris and Evan Mawdsley. – Provides an operational perspective on the course of the war, examining strategies, military cultures and organization, and the key campaigns.

Volume 2: Politics and Ideology, ed. by Richard J. B. Bosworth and Joseph A. Maiolo. – Reviews the ‘politics’ of war, the global aspirations of the rival alliances, and the role of diplomacy.

Volume 3: Total War: Economy, Society and Culture, ed. by Michael Geyer and Adam Tooze. – Considers the war as an economic, social and cultural event, exploring how entire nations mobilized their economies and populations, and dealt with the catastrophic losses that followed.

The volumes conclude by considering the lasting impact of the Second World War and the memory of war across different cultures of commemoration.

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