In the autumn of 1938, Europe believed in the promise of peace. Still reeling from the ravages of the Great War, its people were desperate to rebuild their lives in a newly safe and stable era. But only a year later, the fateful decisions of just a few men had again led Europe to war, a war that would have a profound and lasting impact on millions.
Bestselling historian Frederick Taylor focuses on the day-to-day experiences of British and German people trapped in this disastrous chain of events and not, as is so often the case, the elite. Drawn from original sources, their voices, concerns and experiences reveal a marked disconnect between government and people; few ordinary citizens in either country wanted war.
1939: A People's History is not only a vivid account of that turbulent year but also an interrogation of our capacity to go to war again. In many ways it serves as a warning; an opportunity for us to learn from our history and a reminder that we must never take peace for granted.
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- Verlag: Pan Macmillan
- Seitenzahl: 368
- Altersempfehlung: ab 18 Jahre
- Erscheinungstermin: 27.06.2019
- ISBN-13: 9781509858750
- Artikelnr.: 57014786
i: List of Illustrations Section
ii: Maps Introduction
iii: Introduction Chapter
1: September 1938: 'So, No War!' Chapter
2: October 1938: 'More Popular than Hitler' Chapter
3: November 1938: 'We Are Being Hunted Like Hares' Chapter
4: Winter 1938/1939: 'Does Conscription Mean That the Men Will Have to Go Away?' Chapter
5: Spring 1939: 'It's Hitler Again: But Don't Worry!' Chapter
6: April/May 1939: 'We All Love Him Very, Very Much' Chapter
7: June/July 1939: 'Fine, Fine, Fine. Blue and Sunshine Everywhere' Chapter
22 August 1939: 'To Die for Danzig?' Chapter
31 August 1939: 'Grandmother is Dead' Chapter
3 September 1939: 'So the Madness Unfolds' Acknowledgements
iv: Acknowledgements Section
v: Notes Section
vi: Sources Index