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The 1940s was probably the most dramatic and decisive decade of the twentieth century. In this volume, the leading international historian David Reynolds has brought together a collection of incisive essays, five of them previously unpublished, to ex … weiterlesen
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Titel: From World War to Cold War: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s
Autor/en: David Reynolds

ISBN: 0199284113
EAN: 9780199284115
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

April 2006 - gebunden - 363 Seiten

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The 1940s was probably the most dramatic and decisive decade of the 20th century. This volume explores the Second World War and the origins of the Cold War from the vantage point of two of the great powers of that era, Britain and the USA, and of their wartime leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt. It also looks at their chequered relations with Stalin and at how the Grand Alliance crumbled into an undesired Cold War. But this is not simply a story of top-level diplomacy. David Reynolds explores the social and cultural implications of the wartime Anglo-American alliance, particularly the impact of nearly three million GIs on British life, and reflects more generally on the importance of cultural issues in the study of international history. This book persistently challenges popular stereotypes - for instance on Churchill in 1940 or his Iron Curtain speech. It probes cliches such as 'the special relationship' and even 'the Second World War'. And it offers new views of the familiar, such as the Fall of France in 1940 or Franklin Roosevelt as 'the wheelchair president'. Incisive and readable, written by a leading international historian, these essays encourage us to rethink our understanding of this momentous period in world history.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction; I: WORLD WAR; 1. The Origins of 'The Second World War': Historical Discourse and International Politics; 2. 1940: Fulcrum of the Twentieth Century?; 3. Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Wartime Anglo-American Alliance; II: CHURCHILL; 4. Churchill and the British 'Decision' to Fight on in 1940: Right Policy, Wrong Reasons; 5. Churchill the Appeaser? Between Hitler, Roosevelt, and Stalin 1940-1944; 6. Churchill and Allied Grand Strategy in Europe 1944-1945; III: ROOSEVELT; 7. The President and the King: The Diplomacy of the British Royal Visit of 1939; 8. The President and the British Left: The Appointment of John Winant as US Ambassador in 1941; 9. The Wheelchair President and his Special Relationships; IV: 'MIXED UP TOGETHER'; 10. Whitehall, Washington, and the Promotion of American Studies in Britain 1941-1943; 11. Churchill's Government and the Black GIs 1942-1943; 12. GIs and Tommies: The Army 'Inter-Attachment Programme of 1943-1944; V: COLD WAR; 13. Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Stalin Enigma; 14. Churchill, Stalin, and the 'Iron Curtain'; 15. The 'Big Three' and the Division of Europe 1945-1948; VI: PERSPECTIVES; 16. Power and Superpower: The Impact of the Second World War on America's International Role; 17. A Special Relationship? America, Britain, and the International Order since World War Two; 18. Culture, Discourse, and Policy: Reflections on the New International History; Index

Portrait

David Reynolds is Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University and Nihon University, Tokyo. His most recent book is the prize-winning In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War.

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...a rich synthesis...It brings together some of the lesser known but vitally important works by a master historian of international relations in general and of Anglo-American wartime relations in particular. It is recommended most highly for anyone with either general or very specific interests in these fields. Mark A. Stoler, Cold War History
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