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The Encyclopedia of World War II

A Political, Social, and Military History

The Encyclopedia of World War II by Spencer C. Tucker
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An unprecedented achievement in publishing—a multivolume encyclopedic resource, for both the general reader and specialist—on the central conflict of the 20th century, The Encyclopedia of World War II covers the entire scope of the Second World War from its earliest roots to its continuing impact on global politics and human society.

It was the pivotal event of the 20th century, the last world war, and the culmination of long-running animosities and aggression. Nothing about our 21st-century world can be understood without reference to World War II. And now, the entire scope of World War II is within reach in this landmark multivolume publication.

A monumental five-volume work, The Encyclopedia of World War II is an achievement in scholarship that surpasses all such efforts on World War II before it. From the conflict's historic origins to VJ Day and beyond, it offers readers unprecedented coverage of all aspects of the war as it played out in the corridors of power, in the minds of military strategists, on the battlefields, and in the lives of ordinary soldiers and civilians.

Full of fascinating characters and insights, including a wealth of new information and new thinking about the war's events and impact, The Encyclopedia of World War II will stand as the definitive single reference on the subject for years to come. With over one million words of richly illustrated text, it covers every important battle and weapon system; individual nations and geographic locations; and political, social, and military leaders. Featured essays offer deeper analyses of crucial events such as Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, and other fascinating topics. Providing its content is an incomparable team of international academics and independent historians. Volume five, the documents volume, is unmatched in breadth and depth and includes primary sources such as important official writings and personal reminiscences of the war's key events.

ABC-CLIO; December 2004
2470 pages; ISBN 9781576070956
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Title: The Encyclopedia of World War II
Author: Spencer C. Tucker