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Blood and ruins : the last imperial war, 1931-1945  Cover Image Book Book

Blood and ruins : the last imperial war, 1931-1945 / Richard Overy.

Overy, R. J., (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780670025169
  • ISBN: 067002516X
  • Physical Description: xxvii, 990 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First North American edition.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2022.

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General Note:
"First published in hardcover in Great Britain by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Random House Ltd., London, in 2021"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: 'Blood and ruins'--the age of imperial war -- Nation-empires and global crisis, 1931-40 -- Imperial fantasies, imperial realities, 1940-43 -- The death of the nation-empire, 1942-45 -- Mobilizing a total war -- Fighting the war -- War economies: economies at war -- Just wars? Unjust wars? -- Civilian wars -- The emotional geography of war -- Crimes and atrocities -- Empires into nations: a different global age.
Summary, etc.:
"A thought-provoking and original reassessment of World War II, from Britain's leading military historian Richard Overy sets out in Blood and Ruins to recast the way in which we view the Second World War and its origins and aftermath. As one of Britain's most decorated and respected World War II historians, he argues that this was the "last imperial war," with almost a century-long lead-up of global imperial expansion, which reached its peak in the territorial ambitions of Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s and early 1940s, before descending into the largest and costliest war in human history and the end, after 1945, of all territorial empires. Overy also argues for a more global perspective on the war, one that looks broader than the typical focus on military conflict between the Allied and Axis states. Above all, Overy explains the bitter cost for those involved in fighting, and the exceptional level of crime and atrocity that marked the war and its protracted aftermath--which extended far beyond 1945. Blood and Ruins is a masterpiece, a new and definitive look at the ultimate struggle over the future of the global order, which will compel us to view the war in novel and unfamiliar ways. Thought-provoking, original and challenging, Blood and Ruins sets out to understand the war anew"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945.

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