Item description for The Second World War: A Short History (Parker, Robert Alexander Clarke, Struggle for Survival.) by R. A. C. Parker & Robert Alexander Clark Parker...
From the rise of the Nazi party, through the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to the ultimate defeat of the Axis nations and the first chills of the Cold War, The Second World War: A Short History offers a completely comprehensive overview of the Second World War in one readable, compact volume. Alastair Parker deftly explores the causes of the war and why it lasted so long, how it was won and lost, and its consequences for humanity. The author traces the key events in both the European and Far Eastern theaters, outlining the strategies of the participants and the strengths and weaknesses of their fighting forces. Parker conveys a vivid picture of the features that distinguished the Second World War from any war that preceded it, including mobile warfare, widespread forced migration, the Holocaust, and strategic and nuclear bombing. Unlike many other histories of the war, this short history places the British and European involvement squarely in an international perspective, never shying away from raising difficult and fundamental questions about this monumental conflict. The Second World War presents an unprecedented short history, offering a sweeping survey of events that omits none of the drama that filled the years between 1939 and 1945. With intriguing photographs and a number of helpful maps, it is a fascinating and objective look at the central struggle of our times.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.86" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Mar 21, 2002
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0192802070 ISBN13 9780192802071
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More About R. A. C. Parker & Robert Alexander Clark Parker
R. A. C. Parker is a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.
R. A. C. Parker has an academic affiliation as follows - Queen's College, Oxford Queen's College, Oxford University Queen's Col.
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Concise, Comprehensive, Compact ...and Excellent May 15, 2006
One of the other this site reviewers of this book called it "concise and comprehensive." A great summary.
We have all heard or seen or read so much about WW2 that information overload is perhaps the main roadblock in seeing that conflict in perspective.
Parker's "Short History" is perhaps the best short history of World War Two targeting an educated adult audience. It's not a controversial or revisionist book but it does provide a great overview, introduction, refresher or review, depending on how you decide to use it.
It also avoids the common trap of providing an overly American or British centric narrative of what was, after all, a global war.
Good, concise, easy to read. Feb 26, 2006
I read this book, in a translation to the portuguese, here in Brazil.About this subject, this book is concise, good and very easy to read.The best is when this book, talks about economies in World War II.The USA, to exemple, produced about 96,000 aircrafts in 1944.The biggest aircraft's production in human history. The problem in this book is the lack of details about many battles and weapons used in World War II.
Very good as a strategic level study Aug 16, 2005
A very good study of World War II focusing on the strategic level of the war as well as its social and economi aspects. The reader will not find too many details about military operations, albeit there are some interesting points which are presented with exceptional clarity. The size of the book precludes any lengthy reference to particular battles, thus many of them are mentioned in only a few sentences or not at all (like the German campaign in the Balkans (1941), the liberation of Ukraine (1944), the battle of Berlin (1945) and the destruction of the Japanese Kwantug Army (1945)). This deficiency is balanced though by the wealth of statistics regarding production figures, human losses and economic data. Parker has also made a fine job analyzing the US-British relations on the strategic level, the reasons behind the decisions taken and the role of the USSR in the Allied camp. He is also honest about the great contribution of the Soviets to the war effort and the horrible destruction they caused to the German Army. Overall, a good introduction to World War II and a handy reference to its basic military and political dimensions.
Analysis of the war Oct 29, 2002
The book is very good. It analyzes the war and thus explains certain outcomes. However, because pages are spent on analysis, it could not cover the war in a wider scope. I personally prefer less analysis (I'll do that myself) and more on events, personalities, and scopes.
Wonderfully Concise Yet Comprehensive History Of WWII! Jan 7, 2001
For serious students of the WWII era wishing to have a handy, concise, and yet quite comprehensive overview of the Second World War and its times by way of a one-volume effort, this is the book to start with. Unlike much more massive, detailed, and descriptive tomes such as Gerhard Weinberg's "A World At War", Sir Martin Gilbert's "The Second World War", or the new "A War To Be Won" by Murray and Millett, this book pares down the tremendous sweep and circumstances surrounding the war to a relatively brief (just over three hundred pages) and yet amazingly concise and comprehensive narrative. Indeed, Professors from Harvard to Stanford often assign this book for introductory courses on World War Two because it is both manageable and accurate.
Parker's narrative is informed by his matchless grasp of the relevant documents and official records as well as a unique feel for the way in which the various aspects of the conflict interweave and interact to create and sustain a worldwide conflagration. In his stirring and entertaining treatment, one finds a treasure trove of details, and at the same time also gains a better understanding of the way in which the economic, diplomatic, and military factors combine during the drift toward war in the late 1930s. In this sense the book is written with great verve and obvious historical impact.
Viewed in this way, the book can be considered a quite compact and yet still comprehensive overview of the war itself, how it began, its slow and horrific progress, and how it was both won by the Allies and lost by the Axis powers. Indeed, one comes away from the reading experience with a much improved and enhanced appreciation for the far-reaching impact the war had on humanity at large, since the war affected everyone, combatants, noncombatants, and onlookers alike. As Parker argues quite persuasively, the Second World War changed the course of the 20th century forever.
The author faithfully traces how the key events of the war progress, showing how the strategies of each of the participants as well as their indigenous populations and economies affect the course of the conflict. In looking at major battles and campaigns, Parker provides a wealth of insight that is disproportionately detailed compared to the length of the book, and provides the reader with a wonderfully informative, insightful, and entertaining reading experience. He discusses specific aspects of the war such as mobile warfare, the Holocaust, forced migration, and the use of the atomic bomb in a way that helps the reader to understand the importance of each and gives specific reasons as to how and why they occurred. This is a book that is easy to recommend to anyone wanting a relatively concise and yet immensely rewarding reading experience. Enjoy!