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

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Pub. Date: 2012-06-15
Publisher(s): INGRAM
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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 focused on the regular armies of the allied powers. Donny Gluckstein shows that an important part of the fighting involved people's militias struggling against not just fascism, but also colonialism, imperialism and capitalism itself.*BR**BR*Gluckstein argues that despite this radical element, which was fighting on the ground, the allied governments were more interested in creating a new order to suit their interests. He shows how various anti-fascist resistance movements in Poland, Greece, Italy and elsewhere were betrayed by the Allies despite playing a decisive part in defeating the Nazis.*BR**BR*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.

Author Biography

Donny Gluckstein is a Lecturer in History at Stevenson College, Edinburgh and is the author of several books on Marxist history.

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"Marxist attempts to comprehend the Second World War are all too rare. Yet the mystifications surrounding the conflict demand an unsparing historical materialist critique. In Donny Gluckstein's new book they finally receive it. By rigorously structuring his analysis around the two central themes of popular resistance and inter-imperialist rivalry, Gluckstein makes an indispensable contribution to understanding the reality of the conflict in all its complexity." – Neil Davidson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde and author of Discovering the Scottish Revolution

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