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  • Author:
    Norman Davies
  • ISBN:
    0670018325
  • ISBN13:
    978-0670018321
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    Viking Adult (September 6, 2007)
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    560 pages
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Europe at War 1939–1945: No Simple Victory is a history book about World War II in Europe, written by the English historian Norman Davies

Europe at War 1939–1945: No Simple Victory is a history book about World War II in Europe, written by the English historian Norman Davies. Published sixty years after World War II, Davies argues that a number of misconceptions about the war are still common and then sets out to address them.

Norman Davies poses simple questions that have unexpected answers: Can you name the five biggest battles of the .

Norman Davies poses simple questions that have unexpected answers: Can you name the five biggest battles of the war? What were the main political ideologies that were contending for supremacy? The answers to these questions will surprise even those who feel that they are experts on the subject. Davies has established himself as a preeminent scholar of World War II. No Simple Victory is an invaluable contribution to twentieth-century history and an illuminating portrait of a conflict that continues to provoke debate.

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rearranges and juxtaposes facts and events in often unexpectedly illuminating ways. I really liked the topical treatment of WWII in Europe

rearranges and juxtaposes facts and events in often unexpectedly illuminating ways. a a"The Atlantic" a A lively and contrary historiography, skillfully written. a a"Library Journal". Infused with irony and paradox, qualities essential to understanding history. I really liked the topical treatment of WWII in Europe. You have to know Norman Davies and that he will come with a "Russocentric" view of the conflict due to his fixation on Eastern Europe; I was prepared for that and I think his arguments for emphasizing the Eastern Front were well-reasoned. The Civilians chapter (the final one) was a lengthy slog and seemed haphazardly put together.

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Davies’ world of the Gulag, the Katyn Forest, Sobibor and the like seems so alien from our current reality that it is hard to come away with useful lessons for the present.

In his new history of World War II, Norman Davies argues for a shift in geographical focus

In his new history of World War II, Norman Davies argues for a shift in geographical focus. Inside this ponderous book is a slim polemical volume struggling to get out. Norman Davies, a professor emeritus at London University, holds passionate views about World War II, and in No Simple Victory he seeks to correct popular misconceptions about that good war. A specialist in Eastern Europe, Davies advances two strong claims about the way the history of World War II should be written and remembered.

No Simple Victory book. Norman Davies has established himself as one of the preeminent scholars of World War II history, in the tradition of John Keegan and Antony Beevor. No Simple Victory is an invaluable contribution to twentieth century history and an illuminating portrait of a conflict which continues to raise questions and provoke debate today.

Norman Davies is the bestselling author of Europe: A History, The Isles: A. .Published in Penguin Books 2008. And it glossed over the fact that in 1939-45 the war effort was made not by Britain alone, but by the British Empire

Norman Davies is the bestselling author of Europe: A History, The Isles: A History, and Rising ’44. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and professor emeritus at London University. eISBN : 978-1-429-56010-8. And it glossed over the fact that in 1939-45 the war effort was made not by Britain alone, but by the British Empire. There was no sign, alas, of the Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and many others whose participation had been paramount.

Europe at War 1939-1945. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. A ground breaking piece of work. Norman Davies aims for two large goals in this powerful book that reframes the Second World War in Europe. The first goal is to "re-center" (my words, not his) the war in Europe. Americans, for instance, usually view the Normandy landings as the war's crescendo, with the invasion leading to victory and liberation. Davies re-centers that view in two ways.

A re-examination of World War II and its outcome by the eminent historian author of Europe: A History poses key questions about the war's battles and political ideologies, evaluating established facts that can promote greater reader understanding about popular beliefs.

Jorad
Davies does an excellent job of demolishing the myth about WWII that too many in the West hold about where the war's center actually was. Yet he does this without any Soviet hero worship, thankfully.

He also goes into excellent detail about all the other things going on over there in the other countries in Europe and its environs. It really wasn't just the US, the UK, the French, and the Soviets against just the Germans and the Italians. And nor was the fighting over there just between the various Allied powers against the various Axis powers. It's no surprise then when people could think the whole world was coming unglued when they realized all the different and various fighting going on over in Europe.

Davies also goes into excellent detail on the civilian costs. The "ethnic cleansing" that regularly took place and did so long before the term was invented in Serbia.

This is a great book to detail the stuff that they just don't bother with in school. It also well sets straight the overwhelmingly massive scale of the fighting on the Eastern Front when compared to anything else that took place on any other front in the world during WWII.
Makaitist
Norman Davies has correctly proven that the Eastern Theater was the most decisive
theater of operations in WWII. His analysis of WWII from an eastern focus has presented
a new way of thinking about and understanding the most destructive war in human history. He also places the
popular works of Stephen Ambrose in a more proper and more accurate perspective. However, this book
would have greatly benefited from a more thorough analysis of Operation Barbarossa, which is strangely
lacking in the necessary detail and attention that is truly deserves.
Sudert
It is sometimes tempting to regard a historian as presenting a more objective and truthful picture of some historical time period just because this picture is different than that of other historians. Such an imputation of objectivity is further reinforced when the historian makes frequent claims of his/her objectivity and points out with equal regularity the weaknesses and biases of other historians. Those curious about the time period must therefore exercise great care in not succumbing to this temptation when studying the work of any particular historian. Strong skepticism should be the rule, and proper due diligence exercised, for those individuals who genuinely want the truth about some time period of history. Such individuals do not care if their patriotic sensitivities are insulted or their jingoistic impulses are violated. They want the truth, the raw naked truth, as much as possible under the constraints of time and historical records.

As the title of this book gives a hint of, the author has given the reader a very different view of the main principals responsible for fighting and ending the Second World War in Europe. His opinions, moralizing, and conclusions will certainly offend those readers who believe it was predominantly the United States, either through direct military action or financial contributions (lend lease to the Soviet Union), who played the predominant role in ending the war in Europe. Refreshingly, the author gives evidence for much of what he claims in this regard, and asks the reader to put aside their allegiances when considering this evidence. For this reviewer, the book is a welcome addition to the historical literature, and many surprising historical facts were encountered by its study. This is not to say that readers should take this book as final, as representing some sort of strange apodictic historical certainty, but it is well worth the time and effort for its perusal, even though at times the author clearly needs to engage in some simple statistical sampling methodologies.

Some of the strong perturbations to accepted thought include the discussions on the use of German concentration camps by Soviet authorities to intern people of their choosing; the doctrine of "collective punishment" that was evidently authorized by the Big Three at the Potsdam Conference; the atrocity of the Katyn massacres as being a Soviet culpability, not Nazi; the fact that lend-lease from the United States to the Soviet Union was not really that intense until 1943 and after, and before 1943 the Red Army had already finished the major battles on the Eastern front; that Belarus and the western Ukraine experienced the brunt of the fighting; the standing forces of the United States in 1939 was 175,000 (smaller than Poland at the time); the firebombing of Dresden by Britain and the United States, in which 60,000 people died with intent of breaking the morale of the German people; the paucity of fuel for Germany's armoured divisions as playing a major role in ending the war; the strength of industrial war production in the United States (one tank every five minutes in 1943); that the Polish response to the invasion of their country has been completely distorted and in fact the author asserts performed better militarily than British or French forces did a year later.

These and other discussions will certainly raise the ire of many a reader, but the author asks such readers to consider the consequences of belief in events or interpretations that are not true. The people who participated in this conflict are honored not by creating false impressions or monuments of stone, but rather by reporting as accurately as possible the contexts and struggles in which they found themselves. There cannot be a better testimony to their efforts and courage.
Mamuro
Typical Davies--focuses on the the Eastern Front of WWII which was by far the most important theater of action, albeit ignored by many historians. Also focuses, quite correctly, on the Battle of the Atlantic.