Military history

Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War': How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World

Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War': How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World

Were World Wars I and II—which can now be seen as a thirty-year paroxysm of slaughter and destruction—inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Were the bloodiest and most devastating conflicts ever suffered by mankind fated by forces beyond men’s control? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment?

INTRODUCTION: The Great Civil War of the West

Chapter 1. The End of “Splendid Isolation”

Chapter 2. Last Summer of Yesterday

Chapter 3. “A Poisonous Spirit of Revenge”

Chapter 4. “A Lot of Silly Little Cruisers”

Chapter 5. 1935: Collapse of the Stresa Front

Chapter 6. 1936: The Rhineland

Chapter 7. 1938: Anschluss

Chapter 8. Munich

Chapter 9. Fatal Blunder

Chapter 10. April Fools

Chapter 11. “An Unnecessary War”

Chapter 12. Gruesome Harvest

Chapter 13. Hitler’s Ambitions

Chapter 14. Man of the Century

Chapter 15. America Inherits the Empire

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