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The typical Western view of WWII's European Theater—as a struggle between freedom and fascism that climaxed with the Normandy landings—is harshly critiqued in this scathing reappraisal. Historian Davies (Rising '44: The Battle of Warsaw) argues that British and American campaigns were a sideshow to the titanic conflict between the Wehr-macht and the Red Army on the Eastern Front, where most of the fighting and decisive battles occurred. The war was therefore not a simple victory of good over evil, he contends, but the defeat of one totalitarian state, Nazi Germany, by another, the Soviet Union, whose crimes were just as vast, if less diabolical. Davies's topical approach judiciously surveys the military, economic and political aspects of the war, often from an Eastern European perspective. He observes, for example, that the region that suffered the most civilian deaths was Ukraine, and that the Soviet Union was initially as much an aggressor—against Poland, Finland and the Baltic states—as Germany. (Poland's travails, Davies's professional specialty, are somewhat overemphasized.) Davies cuts against the grain of popular war histories like Stephen Ambrose's accounts of D-Day and the Bulge, but his interpretations rest on solid scholarly work. Photos. (Sept. 10)
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It may startle many to learn that no definitive history yet exists of World War II. Yet such is the argument by historian John Keegan in The Battle for History (1996), reiterated here with evidentiary force by historian Davies. A specialist on the European war's German-Soviet component (Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw, 2004), Davies perceives several faults in both professional presentations and popular understandings of the war. Americans and Britons tend to overrate their countries' contribution to victory, remembering Dunkirk and D-Day and forgetting that most combat occurred in the east. More seriously, in Davies' estimation, Western historians and their audience do not sufficiently understand the war aims and murderous record of the Soviet Communist regime. It was as expansionist and unmercifully inhumane as the Nazi tyranny over which it was the principal victor: most know of Auschwitz or the (German) invasion of Poland; far fewer are aware of Vorkuta or the (Soviet) invasion of Poland. A trenchant critique, Davies' book ought to provoke readers and writers of WWII history. Taylor, Gilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Norman Davies has correctly proven that the Eastern Theater was the most decisive
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Davies is a British history professor whose area of specialty is Polish and Eastern European history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Its good to see history through different lenses than we normally use. This book shows us the war from the eyes of the countries that suffered the most, even when they caused much... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well structured book. Provides coverage on wide range of topics leading to war, defining the war and resulting from the WW2. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Szymon Walus
This book is not a narrative of WW2 from 1939 to 1945. It is more social and political history in the context of WW2. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jackal
DESPITE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AMERICAN/BRITISH LANDING IN NORMANDY, THE MAJOR WAR IN EUROPE WAS, HAD BEEN, AND WAS TO BE FOUGHT ON THE EASTERN FRONT. Read morePublished 16 months ago by George Vick
From the title of this book I thought it would be a narrative history of World War II. Boy, was I surprised!! Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by MaryK