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The Causes of the Second World War

ISBN: 978-0-631-18601-4
336 pages
September 1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book provides a much needed accessible introduction to this key topic for students of the twentieth century.
  • An ideal introduction to the events and historiography surrounding this key subject
  • Sets the origins of WWII in both its European and Pacific contexts, and within 150 years of world history
  • First volume in a new series covering major themes and events of the contemporary world
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Consultant Editor's Preface.

Preface & Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. The Powers in 1919 and After.

2. The Making of the Inter-War World, 1919-1923.

3. The Failed Peace, 1919-1933.

4. The Challenge of Fascism and the Democratic Response.

5. The International System Challenged 1933-1936.

6. The Deepening Crisis, 1936-1938.

7. The Outbreak of War in Europe.

8. The Crisis in the Far East.

9. From War to World War.

10. Interpretations and the Changing View.

Conclusion.

Appendices.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Andrew Crozier is Jean Monnet Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Europe at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. His previous work includes Appeasement and Germany's Last Bid for Colonies (Macmillan, 1988).
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  • An ideal introduction to the events and historiography surrounding this key subject
  • Sets the origins of WWII in both its European and Pacific contexts, and within 150 years of world history
  • First volume in a new series covering major themes and events of the contemporary world
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"Crozier's book is an important addition to the literature on the deeper causes of the Second World War. Not only does the author present a comprehensive examination of the diplomacy of the European powers during the entire inter-war period, he also gives considerable attention to events in the Far East - a topic that is rarely dealt with in tandem with European developments. But it is his examination of the period in light of the historiography of the subject of the causes of the war that makes his work a significant contribution. Crozier's efforts to place the historical debates in context add to the work's value to the student or casual reader. Scholars of diplomatic history of the inter-war period will find the work thought provoking. The author presents an in-depth reconsideration of British foreign policy and, particularly, of appeasement and all it has come to stand for." Christine A. White, The Pennsylvania State University

"This book is first class. It is perfect for those working for A levels, Highers or SYS and for university students at every level." History

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