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December 20, 2006

The Causes, Course and Outcomes of World War Two - John Plowright

Posted by Jeremy Black

The Causes, Course and Outcomes of World War Two
by John Plowright
Pp. 230. Histories and Controversies Series, Palgrave, 2006
Hardback, 52.50; Paperback, 17.99

This is an effective introduction that has much to offer both to sixth formers and to undergraduates. Clearly written and well-organised, the book begins with the Paris peace conference, and continues to consider Nazi foreign policy and Appeasement before focusing on the war itself. The discussion includes consideration of the strategic bombing offensive against Germany and the Holocaust. As far as outcomes are concerned, Plowright discusses World War Two and the Cold War, following with the German question, and the impact of the war first on Britain and its empire and then on the USA. Throughout the treatment is at a level that offers much to students.

Jeremy Black is Professor of History, University of Exeter.


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