1939

1939

Countdown to War

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Penguin Putnam
A leading historian re-creates the final hours of peace in Europe.

On August 24, 1939, the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact, signaling an imminent invasion of Poland and daring Western Europe to respond.

In this dramatic account of the final days before the outbreak of World War II, award-winning historian Richard Overy vividly chronicles the unraveling of peace, hour by grim hour, as politicians and ordinary citizens brace themselves for a war that could spell the end of European civilization. Nothing was entirely predictable or inevitable. The West hoped that Hitler would see sense if they stood firm. Hitler was convinced the West would back down. Moments of uncertainty alternated with those of confrontation; secret intelligence was used by both sides to support their hopes. The one constant feature was the determination of Poland, a country created only in 1919, to protect its newfound independence against a vastly superior enemy. 1939 documents a defining moment in the violent history of the twentieth century.



Baker & Taylor
A leading historian re-creates the final hours of peace in Europe. On August 24, 1939, the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact, signaling an imminent invasion of Poland and daring Western Europe to respond.

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Although in hindsight the outbreak of war seems an inevitable consequence of the international crisis provoked by Hitler's Germany, this book shows that nothing in history is inevitable. Overy (modern history, King's College London) offers a detailed account of the events of the late summer of 1939. He explores the socio-historical conditions that preceded major developments such as Hitler and Stalin's alliance with the nonaggression pact and Chamberlain's announcement that Britain would join France at war. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Dramatically recreates the final days of peace before Germany's invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II, as both Germany and the Allies used secret intelligence to gauge the enemy's strength and intentions and Poland stood determined to defend its newfound independence. By the author of Why the Allies Won.
Recreates the final days of peace before Germany's invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II, as both Germany and the Allies used secret intelligence to gauge the enemy and Poland defended its newfound independence.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670022090
0670022098
Branch Call Number: 940.53 Overy 2010
Characteristics: xi, 158 pages ; 20 cm

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Jun 21, 2014

1939: Count down to War by Richard Overy was a concise history of the last two weeks of August before the Second World War broke out. It's mostly a history of diplomacy. Overy is very good at narrating the multiple prongs of the many attempts at avoiding - what was perceived - an unnecessary war. The war was unavoidable - probably. This history shows why and how.

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