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A Companion to World War II by Thomas W. Zeiler, Daniel M. DuBois

By Thomas W. Zeiler, Daniel M. DuBois

A spouse to global warfare II brings jointly a sequence of unpolluted educational views on global warfare II, exploring the numerous cultural, social, and political contexts of the struggle. Essay themes diversity from American anti-Semitism to the reviews of French-African infantrymen, supplying approximately 60 new contributions to the style prepared throughout complete volumes. 

  • A number of unique historiographic essays that come with state of the art research
  • Analyzes the jobs of impartial international locations through the war
  • Examines the battle from the ground up in the course of the studies of alternative social classes
  • Covers the factors, key battles, and results of the war

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Taylor (1961) considered that the Treaty of Versailles and, in particular, Article 231 led to World War II. This assertion has been contradicted in the book edited by Martel (1999), The Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered. Marks (2003) denounced the “myth of the alleged unilateral responsibility” (p. 19) of Germany, after having recalled that Article 231 had been adopted on the initiative of the United States in order to reduce the obligation of Germany to pay the whole of the war reparations.

Mussolini was not at all interested in a war that he expected would be general; in fact he believed he had received German assurances that there would be several more years for him to prepare Italy. The Japanese were concentrating on their war with China and concerned about their relations with the Soviet Union that had involved border hostilities the year before and did again in 1939. Hence, a war with the Western powers was not on their current agenda. The British tried to discourage Germany from war by emphasizing that they would indeed enter the war if Germany attacked Poland.

It was based on the idea that Germany – an economic engine – was likely to be too weakened to conduct its own future that an economic recovery of Europe would be impossible. The second type of criticism, which especially took into account the French’ needs for security, concluded that the treaty left Germany as an intact and, thus, still dangerous power. According to this view, peace could only endure with extreme difficulty. From the start, Marshal Ferdinand Foch spoke of a twenty-years peace, and a few years after him, Édouard Herriot, the President of the Parti radical, envisaged a new war with Germany within fifteen years.

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