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The Origins of the Second World War


Hitler’s Challenge to the International System, 1933–1936


The Failure of the International System The Coming of War


5. Blitzkrieg 6. 7.


The German Off ensive in the West “Their Finest Hour”—Britain Alone The Battle of Britain Hitler Moves East


10. The Germans Before Moscow 11. The War in Asia 12. The Japanese Gamble 13. The Height of Japanese Power 14. Turning the Tide in the Pacifi c— Midway and Guadalcanal


15. The War in North Africa 16. War in the Mediterranean— The Invasions of Sicily and Italy


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Stalingrad—The Turning Point on the Eastern Front


18. Eisenhower and Operation Overlord 19. D-Day to Paris 20. Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge


21. Advance Across the Pacifi c 22. Turning Point in the Southwest Pacifi c— Leyte Gulf and the Philippines


23. The Final Drive for Japan—Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Fire-Bombing of Tokyo


Explore the Military and Social History of World War II


More than a half-century after the Axis powers surrendered, intriguing questions about World War II still linger. These questions are the haunting postscripts of the most monumental and influential conflict in human history—a subject that still fascinates us as fresh research invigorates and expands it. Take an in-depth look at the leaders, events, themes, and legacies of this epic clash with World War II: A Military and Social History, a 30-lecture course taught by Professor Thomas Childers, one of the world’s most renowned scholars of this period.


As you follow the course of the war’s events, you’ll meet historical figures on the largest scales of good and evil, scrutinize the strategic and tactical decisions that changed the course of history, and encounter examples of sacrifice and heroism that still live on in our memories. You’ll learn about the war’s roots in the horrors of World War I and its aftermath; explore how battles unfolded in the European, Pacific, and Mediterranean theaters; and discover what political issues faced by each side influenced decisions made at every level. Most importantly, you’ll finally grasp the 20th a breathtaking range of perspectives.


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24. War in the Air 25. Hitler’s New Order in Europe 26. “The Man’s Army” 27.


30. The Costs of War


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28. The Race for Berlin 29. Truman, the Bomb, and the End of the War in the Pacifi c


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