Causes and Consequences of World War II

Causes and Consequences of World War II

Causes and Consequences of World War II

Causes and Consequences of World War II

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In less than a quarter-century an enormous body of scholarly writing has appeared on the Second World War. In this book I have tried to present a cross-section of the conflicting interpretations of the role of American diplomacy in the origins, conduct, and legacy of this war. My focus is nationalistic; I have made no effort to include equally significant historical literature on British, German, Russian, or Japanese diplomacy. Nor have I selected the work of military historians, except in cases where I think there is an intimate relationship between strategy and diplomacy.

The articles are ones which seemed to me to present the major issues in the ongoing historical debate. I have pointed to other significant articles in the introductions to each selection and in the bibliography. In the introductory essay I have sought to provide a broad historiographical survey of the principal books dealing with American diplomacy before and during the war. I have not included the extensive memoir literature in either the introductory essay or in the bibliography.

I wish to express my appreciation to the authors who so graciously permitted me to reprint their work. I also want to thank Walter Lambert for his help in compiling the bibliography, Clarence Lasby for his comments on the introductory essay, and my wife, Barbara Renick Divine, for her perceptive editorial assistance.

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