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

By Gerhard L. Weinberg

Broadly hailed as a masterpiece, this can be the 1st heritage of worldwide conflict II to supply a very international account of the struggle that encompassed six continents. beginning with the adjustments that restructured Europe and her colonies following the 1st international struggle, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new gentle on each part of global conflict II. activities of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are lined in each theater of the battle. extra importantly, the worldwide nature of the battle is tested, with new perception into how occasions in a single nook of the area helped impact occasions in different far-off components.

A international at palms is an interesting account of the second one global conflict and the area that the battle 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 career in Japan, he acquired his Ph.D. from the college of Chicago. Professor Weinberg labored on Columbia University's warfare Documentation undertaking and directed the yankee old Association's application for the microfilming of captured German records. he's the writer of various books and articles at the origins and the process the warfare, together with the prize-winning two-volume learn The overseas coverage of Hitler's Germany.

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There had been fighting with the Soviets in the preceding year and there was further fighting in 1939. Not only those in the government inclined toward an aggressive policy toward Russia, but even those who favored a more restrained attitude thought that a closer alignment, with Germany and Italy directed against Russia, could help Japan either to fight the Soviet Union or to make that country more amenable in negotiated settlements of outstanding differences between Moscow and Tokyo. But almost no one among the contending factions at that time wanted to risk war with Britain and France, especially because of the real possibility that such a conflict meant war with the United States as well.

Lacking within her original borders the economic resources for the repeated replacement of one set of weapons by more modern ones, Germany could either strike while she still had an advantage over others or see the balance of strength shift in favor of her potential adversaries. The very advantage of Germany's headstart would become a disadvantage as other powers brought into production on their greater economic bases more recently developed and more numerous weapons. Germany would therefore have to strike before such a situation developed, a point which Hitier had repeatedly explained to his associates, and which indeed represents an essentially accurate assessment of the situation if Germany were to have even the slightest hope of succeeding in even a portion of the preposterously ambitious schemes of conquest Hitier intended.

Czechoslovakia had been effectively subordinated; three other countries bordered Germany on the east: Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary. 28 Germany annexed the portion of Lithuania which Germany had lost in 1919 and did so under circumstances designed to put maximum pressure on Poland; thereafter she intended to annex all of Lithuania by agreement with the Soviet Union—only to trade most of it and later sell the rest to Moscow during the war. The Hungarians had annoyed Hitler by refusing in 1938 to join in an attack on Czechoslovakia because they were certain that such an attack would lead to a general war, and a losing one at that.

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