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Total War: The Causes and Courses of the Second World War, Volume 1 [Paperback]

Peter Calvocoressi
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Jan. 1 1990
Originally published in a single volume in 1972, this book looks at the causes and courses of World War II. This new edition has been revised and extended and is now divided into two companion books. Volume 1, revised by its original author, Peter Calvocoressi, and containing the new introduction to both volumes, deals with the war in the West. Volume 2, revised by John Pritchard in place of the late Guy Wint, covers the greater East Asia and Pacific conflict. This edition takes account of the flood of official archives and personal memoirs that have been made public over the past 15 years. These have necessitated a review, to some extent a reassessment, of the policies of appeasement in Europe in the Thirties and of the direction and motives of Japanese policies in the same feverish decade.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start May 28 2003
By Db Katz
A good overall history of WWII. This was one of the first books that I bought on the subject over 30 years ago, and I have read it many times. The edition I have has well illustrated maps that are easy to follow. This book is definitely for someone starting out on the history of the war. I found the sections on the Japanese conflict very instructive as this was not my main line of interest. However it filled the gaps of my limited knowledge. The book is over 1000 pages long and covers The rise of Hitler to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One could say that this is the most comprehensive one volume concise history om World War II available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start May 28 2003
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A good overall history of WWII. This was one of the first books that I bought on the subject over 30 years ago, and I have read it many times. The edition I have has well illustrated maps that are easy to follow. This book is definitely for someone starting out on the history of the war. I found the sections on the Japanese conflict very instructive as this was not my main line of interest. However it filled the gaps of my limited knowledge. The book is over 1000 pages long and covers The rise of Hitler to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One could say that this is the most comprehensive one volume concise history om World War II available.
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