This history reclaims the Second World War as a global fight 'from below'. The vast majority of historical accounts have focused on the regular armies of the allied powers, however, the often-neglected people's militias were crucial not only to the defeat of fascism, but also colonialism, imperialism and even capitalism.*BR**BR*Looking at militias in Yugoslavia, Greece, Poland and Latvia, as well as the Warsaw Uprising and anti-fascist movements in Germany, it presents a different battle, fought on different terms. Widening its scope to India - where an independence movement was shaking an already weak British Empire, and onto alternative anti-imperialist struggles in Indonesia and Vietnam, a global picture of people's resistance is revealed.*BR**BR*Despite these radical elements, the allied governments were more interested in creating a new order to suit their interests, and many of these movements were ultimately betrayed. However, many shook the existing world order to its core.
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