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This led to a startling sameness in the mobilization plans of the Great Powers.
The period leading up to the Second World War is my favorite historical topic, and this book stands out as one of the best I've read.
My favorite line from the book is where Maiolo says Hitler possessed a "vast fund of low cunning."
What the title of this book should have been would be something like "The dynamics of rearmament and their effect on the policies and actions of the Great Powers 1931-1941". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexander T. Gafford
This book has received mostly suspiciously effusive but vacuous reviews, not just here but also in professional fora like the H-DIPLO roundtable, which incidentally is co-sponsored... Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by bonchance
The history of our race to rearm
By STEPHEN FRATER, author of HELL ABOVE EARTH
After the First World War, the broke and blood-drained Great Powers disarmed. Read more
The author's thesis is not novel at all and I will not restate it for those of the other reviewers are adequate. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by Mark R. Jorgensen
The author has a thesis of the arms race driving the diplomacy instead of the reverse. He's done a good job of researching the arms race but a less than stellar job of tying it to... Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Daniel S. Palter
What a brilliant book! There is a vast literature on the origins of the World War Two. The broad outlines of the story are familiar to many: the unresolved issues of World War One;... Read morePublished on November 24, 2010 by James