The Great Courses No.810: World War II: A Military And Social History

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The Great Courses No.810: World War II: A Military And Social History

The Great Courses No.810: World War II: A Military And Social History
30 lectures | 30 minutes each | Year Released: 1998
MPEG-3 | 128 Kbps, 44.1 KHz, 2 channels | English | 833 MB

The Great Courses No.810: World War II: A Military And Social History.
Fifty-five million people died in the Second World War, the greatest conflict in human history. Fifty years later, these lectures ask and answer important questions about this war:

- Might Hitler have been stopped sooner?
- Should Roosevelt have foreseen Pearl Harbor?
- Could more lives have been saved as the Holocaust became known?
- Did Truman have to use the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
- Did the Allies come closer to losing World War II than we would like to think?

The origins and expansion of the war in Europe and the Pacific are examined. Military and political strategies and failures are analyzed. Social and economic effects of the war are assessed.

Content:

01.The Origins of the Second World War
02.Hitler’s Challenge to the International System, 1933–1936
03.The Failure of the International System
04.The Coming of War
05.Blitzkrieg
06.The German Offensive in the West
07.“Their Finest Hour”—Britain Alone
08.The Battle of Britain
09.Hitler Moves East
10.The Germans Before Moscow
11.The War in Asia
12.The Japanese Gamble
13.The Height of Japanese Power
14.Turning the Tide in the Pacific—Midway and Guadalcanal
15.The War in North Africa
16.War in the Mediterranean—The Invasions of Sicily and Italy
17.Stalingrad—The Turning Point on the Eastern Front
18.Eisenhower and Operation Overlord
19.D-Day to Paris
20.Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge
21.Advance Across the Pacific
22.Turning Point in the Southwest Pacific—Leyte Gulf and the Philippines
23.The Final Drive for Japan—Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Fire-Bombing of Tokyo
24.War in the Air
25.Hitler's New Order in Europe
26.“The Man’s Army”
27.Daily Life, Culture, and Society in Wartime
28.The Race for Berlin
29.Truman, the Bomb, and the End of the War in the Pacific
30.The Costs of War
The Great Courses No.810: World War II: A Military And Social History

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