A People's History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire

A People's History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire

By: Donny Gluckstein (author)Paperback

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A People's History of the Second World War unearths the fascinating history of the war as fought 'from below'. Until now, the vast majority of historical accounts have focussed on the conflict between the Allied and Axis powers for imperialist mastery. Donny Gluckstein shows that in fact between 1939 and 1945 two distinct wars were fought - one 'from above' and one 'from below'. Using examples from countries under the Nazi heel, in the colonies and within the Axis and Allied camps, Gluckstein brings to life the very different struggle of the people's and resistance movements which proliferated during the war. He shows how they fought not just fascism, but colonialism and empire, and were betrayed by the Allies at the war's end. This book will fundamentally challenge our understanding of the Second World War - both about the people who fought it and the reasons for which it was fought.

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Donny Gluckstein is a lecturer in history at Stevenson College, Edinburgh. He is the author of several books on Marxist history.


Preface 1. Introduction 2. Spanish Prelude PART 1: Yugoslavia, Greece, Poland and Latvia - Between the Blocs 3. Yugoslavia: Balancing Powers 4. Greece: Allies at War with the Resistance 5. Poland's Warsaw Uprising 6. Latvia: Standing History on its Head PART 2: France, Britain and the USA- Divisions Within the Allies 7. France: Imperial Glory Versus Resistance Ideology 8. Britain: The Myth of Unity 9. USA: Racism in the Arsenal of Democracy PART 3: Germany, Austria and Italy - Under the Axis 10. Germany: Conservatives and Antifa 11. Austria: Resistance and Ruling Class Capitulation 12. Italy: The Working Class and the Two Wars PART 4: India, Indonesia and Vietnam - Different Enemies 13. India: From Famine to Independence 14. Indonesia: Axis and Allies United Against the People 15. Vietnam: Anti-Imperialist Breakthrough 16. Conclusion 17. Chronology Notes Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/06/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780745328027
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780745328027
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 0745328024

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