Military history

The Penguin History of the Second World War

The Penguin History of the Second World War

Originally published under the title Total War, this acclaimed analysis of the causes and courses of World War II has stood the tests of time and criticism. The first part deals with the war in the West, and the second covers the war in the Pacific Theatre. The three highly regarded authors of this classic resource create a fluid narrative that provides vivid portraits of the war leaders and an unflinching exploration of the devastation and hardship of this major world conflict.

The Western Hemisphere

Introduction

Part I: THE SOURCES OF WAR IN EUROPE

Chapter 1. The Background

HITLER

GERMANY

EUROPE

Chapter 2. From Versailles to the Soldiers’ Oath: 1919–34

Chapter 3. The Futile Opposition: 1934–8

Chapter 4. Munich… Prague… Warsaw

Part II: HITLER’S WARS: 1939–41

Chapter 5. From Poland to the North Cape

Chapter 6. The Fall of France

Chapter 7. The Battle of Britain

Chapter 8. The Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East

Chapter 9. Barbarossa

Chapter 10. War with America

Part III: EUROPE UNDER THE NAZIS

Chapter 11. The New Order

Chapter 12. Exploitation

Chapter 13. Resistance

Chapter 14. Revolution in the South-East

Chapter 15. France

Part IV: THE MIDDLE GAME

Chapter 16. The Muster against the Axis

Chapter 17. The Clearing of North Africa

Chapter 18. The End of Fascism

Chapter 19. Hitler’s German Enemies

Chapter 20. Great Britain at War

Part V: THE DEFEATOF GERMANY: 1942–5

Chapter 21. The Battle of the Seas

Chapter 22. The Victory of the USSR

Chapter 23. Mass Bombing

Chapter 24. The Western Fronts

Chapter 25. Disintegration

Epilogue

The Greater East Asia and Pacific Conflict

Part I: ASIAN CONFLICT

Chapter 1. China and Japan

Chapter 2. Japan in International Affairs

Chapter 3. The Japan Which Struck

Chapter 4. The China Which Was Struck At

Chapter 5. Naval Conflict by Methods Short of War

Chapter 6. The Great Manchurian Adventure

Chapter 7. China: Internal Revolutions and Foreign Policy

Chapter 8. Japan: Internal Revolutions and Foreign Policy

Chapter 9. The War Resumed: The Outbreak of the China Incident

Chapter 10. International Alarums: Japan and Appeasement

Chapter 11. India and the Conflict

Chapter 12. The Magnetic North

Part II: OCEAN CLASH

Chapter 13. The War Changes Its Character

Chapter 14. The Negotiation preceding War

Chapter 15. The Bombardment of Pearl Harbor

Chapter 16. The War after Pearl Harbor

Part III: THE HIGH TIDE OF WAR

Chapter 17. Japan’s Hundred Days

HONG KONG

THE PHILIPPINES

MALAYA

BORNEO

BURMA

THE NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

Chapter 18. The Storm in India

Chapter 19. Four Loose Threads

JIMMY DOOLITTLE’S AIR RAID AND ITS AFTERMATH

INDIAN OCEAN EXCURSIONS LIMITED

THE CORAL SEA

THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY

Chapter 20. MacArthur and Nimitz in the Pacific

Part IV: THE DEFEAT OF JAPAN

Chapter 21. Mid-1943

Chapter 22. Two Indian Armies

Chapter 23. China 1942–4

Chapter 24. Twilight

Chapter 25. The End

Epilogue

Chronological Skeleton

Bibliographies