- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Time-Life Books; First Edition edition (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809424509
- ISBN-13: 978-0809424504
- ASIN: B00071FCLY
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prelude to War (World War II) Hardcover – 1977
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This series would serve as a good starting point for anyone interested in World War II, exposing the reader to enough aspects of the calamity which will in turn lead to areas of more particular interest and eventual expertise (that is unless one attends a military college where expertise takes on a different meaning).
The premise behind this volume is that the formulation of the League of Nations, the reparations imposed on Germany after World War I, and the carving out of new nations led to an inevitable series of conflicts, which collectively became known as World War II. The belligerents -- Germany, Italy, and Japan -- are dealt with in terms of each country's motivation for war, as well as the reasons for the aversion of the same by the Allies.
If you are looking for the best one-volume book on the European theater of combat, try William Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." For the Pacific theater, try John Toland's "The Rising Sun."
This is a good book if you want to dip your toe in the water before committing to the other 38 volumes. It deals with the end of World War I and all its implications, the rise of Hilter, Mussolini and Stalin, the Italian campaign in Ethiopia and the Japanese invasion of China, not to mention Germany's occupation of the Rhineland and the subsequent Anschluss of Austria, and the hijacking of the Sudetenland and the rest of Czechoslovakia.
There is also a chapter on the Spanish Civil War and a treatment of the civil war in China between the forces of Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung.
I highly recommend this book and series. This particular volume does a great job of sticking to its title and prepares the reader for Vol. 2 in the series:"Blitzkrieg."