Hitler's War in the East, 1941-1945: A Critical Assessment

Hitler's War in the East, 1941-1945: A Critical Assessment

Hitler's War in the East, 1941-1945: A Critical Assessment

Hitler's War in the East, 1941-1945: A Critical Assessment

Synopsis

In this book, two military historians argue that Hitler's war in the east was the central event of WW2. The book deals with Nazi crimes and economic exploitation, and also with the use of psychological warfare.

Excerpt

Any attempt to stake out the history of one of the most complicated and important theaters of the Second World War in a compact and accessible research summary, and to provide an overview of the literature, necessarily poses a number of problems. We would have liked to include countless aspects and delve into various controversies and differing points of view. Once the decision was made to examine the struggle principally from the viewpoint of the aggressor, that is, to present it as "Hitler's war in the East," the emphasis swung to one of the two main combatants. However, the other certainly could not be ignored. Historians in general have concluded that military history cannot be solely a matter of military operations; it must also deal with the numerous international, domestic, economic, and social facets of war. This means that our study could not focus all too narrowly on purely military affairs.

Although our subject matter was therefore extremely broad and far- reaching, references to the literature about the Soviet-German war had to be both highly selective and very brief for reasons of space. The thematic organization of this volume reflects the emphasis and results found in the research, both the many monographs and the overviews that have meanwhile been published.

The initial commentaries provide an introduction to each topic, an overview about problems concerning the source materials and the directions that the research is taking, and a selection of literature to assist students and researchers in their continuing efforts. The bibliography enumerates works that are relevant to the topics discussed in the individual chapters. Since many works address a number of different aspects, it was impossible to avoid repeating titles in several parts of the bibliography. For issues with extensive ramifications, however, it is still best to look through more chapters in order to gain a comprehensive . . .

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