No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 26, 2008 - History - 592 pages
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One of the world?s leading historians re- examines World War II and its outcome

A clear-eyed reappraisal of World War II that offers new insight by reevaluating well-established facts and pointing out lesser-known ones, No Simple Victory asks readers to reconsider what they know about the war, and how that knowledge might be biased or incorrect. Norman Davies poses simple questions that have unexpected answers: Can you name the five biggest battles of the war? What were the main political ideologies that were contending for supremacy? The answers to these questions will surprise even those who feel that they are experts on the subject.

Davies has established himself as a preeminent scholar of World War II . No Simple Victory is an invaluable contribution to twentieth-century history and an illuminating portrait of a conflict that continues to provoke debate.


  

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Review: No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

User Review  - David Lowther - Goodreads

This was an outstanding piece of history writing. It wasn't yet another narrative of the war in Europe but rather a commentary on those events. The author describes it as an essay, which I suppose it ... Read full review

Review: No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

User Review  - Fritz - Goodreads

Good book for nerds and history buffs but somewhat dry and very long. Read full review

Contents

Geographical limits
Military parameters
The ideological framework
The political context
The moral landscape
the prewar order overturned
the Reich rampant then checked
the fall of the Third Reich
Miscellaneous groups in wartime
Exiles
Eye Witness
Families
Fascists
Heroines
Historians
Interpreters

The interwar years 191839
The war years 193945
from peace to Cold War
Identity
Enlistment
Women
Training
Weapons
Officers
Discipline
Political control
Generals
Soldiers sailors airmen and others
Intelligence
Communications
Combat the battlefield
Medical services
Aces and heroes
Decorations
Prisoners of war
Military casualties
War cemeteries
The soldiers fate
The five spheres of wartime Europe
Wartime experiences
Journalists
Music lovers
Occupiers
Poets
Politicians
Prisoners
The Righteous
Saints
Scientists
Spies
Survivors
Trade unions
Victims
War leaders
Women
Film
Photography
War artists
Cartoons
Literary fiction
The historical record
The Internet
Museums and monuments
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Norman Davies is a supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus at London University. His books include Europe: A History (a New York Times Notable Book), The Isles: A History, and the definitive history of Poland, God’s Playground.

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