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Europe at War 1939-1945

Europe at War 1939-1945

No simple victory

As the Introduction makes clear, no census about the Second World War has been achieved, despite the passage of 70 years. Western historians all too often feed the popular illusion that the democratic Allies "freed Europe from Fascism.” In Russia, in contrast, the victory of the Red Army continues to feature as the country’s finest hour; Russians believe that they liberated Europe. My third book published by Macmillan's was designed to bring sense to the subject; it was a brave effort that partially succeeded.

That basic proposition is very simple. Europe's two main combatant powers, the Third Reich and the Soviet Union were both mass-murdering tyrannies that were, by their nature, incapable of bringing freedom to anyone . In the first part of the war, 1939-41, they were partners; in the second part, 1941-45, they were mortal enemies, engaged in a colossal struggle on the Eastern Front that greatly exceeded any other campaigns of the war. The Western Powers, in contrast, were all but knocked out in 1940; and the entry of the Americans made an impact that came too late to be decisive. Berlin was stormed by the Red Army alone.

These truths are obvious to anyone who saw the war in the great expanses between Germany and Russia which Tim Snyder has  recently called the "Bloodlands”. But they are not popular among the public in Britain and America which still believe that "We won the war.”

A gentleman at the Edinburgh Book Festival gave me encouragement. "I lived in Leith,” he said, "and every day we saw the convoys preparing to sail for Murmansk. Everyone in this country thought that the vital battles would take place in the West. But we knew better.”

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Europe at War 1939-1945  - pl

The book is translated into: Polski.

ISBN: 9788324010103

Europe at War 1939-1945  - es-mx

The book is translated into: Español De Mexico.

ISBN: 9786077000044

Europe at War 1939-1945  - nl

The book is translated into: Nederlands.

ISBN: 978-0330352123

Europe at War 1939-1945  - es

The book is translated into: Español.

ISBN: 9788408079408

Europe at War 1939-1945  - de

The book is translated into: Deutsch.

ISBN: 9783426274965

Europe at War 1939-1945  - da

The book is translated into: Dansk.

ISBN: 9788712044154

Europe at War 1939-1945  - no

The book is translated into: Norsk.

ISBN: 9788205383302

Europe at War 1939-1945  - pt-br

The book is translated into: Português Brasileiro.

ISBN: 9788501080028

Europe at War 1939-1945  - cs

The book is translated into: Česky.

ISBN: 9788073812034

Europe at War 1939-1945  - el

The book is translated into: Ελληνικά.

ISBN: 9789604264643

Europe at War 1939-1945  - et

The book is translated into: Eesti.

ISBN: 9789985628201

Europe at War 1939-1945  - bg

The book is translated into: Български.

ISBN: 9789544277635

English version details

  • Publisher: Penguin Books US
    ISBN: 0143114093 | 9780143114093
    Cover: paperback, hardcover
    Pages: 560
    Audiobook: Available
    Ebook: Available

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
    ISBN: 0330352121 | 9780330352123
    Cover: paperback, hardcover
    Pages: 554
    Audiobook: Not available
    Ebook: Available