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Germany and the Second World War: Volume II: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe Vol 2 (Germany & Second World War) Hardcover – 4 Jul 1991

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198228856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198228851
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,128,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a fascinating volume ... As with volume I of the English edition, and the complete German version, this remains an indispensable contribution to its field.' John P. Fox, International Affairs, 1/92

`Volume 2 maintains the same high standard of scholarship, broad analysis of economic and political factors, and clear exposition as the first. ... An essential addition to all library collections.' Choice

'worth waiting for ... its contributors ... do a truly commendable job of analysing the receptivity of Germans to the martial spirit ... Handsomely produced and smoothly translated ... the first two installments of Germany and the Second World War can be warmly recommended to the broad readership they deserve.'Marilyn Shevin Coetzee, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, History, Summer 1992

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Edited by Klaus A. Maier, Horst Rohde, Bernd Stegemann, and Hans Umbreit Project coordinated by the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt Translated from German by Dean S. McMurray, P.S. Falla, and Ewald Osers

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David T. Zabecki on 7 Mar. 2013
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The edition pictured in the website shows the original version, complete with dust jacket. What I received was a re-print version with a plastic cover. I already had one of those, so I wound up buying it twice. This is a case of bait-and-switch if I've ever seen it. I feel cheated. This is not the book's fault. This is marketing deception.
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Excellent History - Poor Production Quality 10 Aug. 2000
By Charles J. King - Published on
This volume is a translation of the second volume of the series 'Das Deutsche Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg', a project of the Military Research Department of the German Bundeswehr. The complete work is planned for 10 volumes, of which two are two-part. The series in general is of the highest standard and deals with military, political and economic developments affecting Germany during the war.
This is not a general history of the war. Those seeking a balanced treatment of all theaters will not find it here. There is however, to my knowledge, no finer work on Germany's involvement.
The quality of the translation is good. I wish that I could say the same for the production quality of the books themselves. Oxford University Press is certainly capable of producing first class books and one would expect that books in this price category would be of the highest production standard. Alas, this is not the case. These volumes are greatly inferior in quality to the German originals, which cost less than $40.00 per volume. If you cannot read German, want one of the best series on Germany's role in the war ever to appear, and don't mind paying a hefty price for a lower quality book, I do recommend them.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Packaging quality is lacking; research is outstanding 19 April 2005
By Christopher Gracey - Published on
As the above reviewer pointed out, this is an excellent historical work sold in a horrible package. Oxford University Press has done a disservice to their customers by packaging such a significant work in a low quality binding. I therefore conclude that the volumes are certainly not worth the steep price tag based on their packaging.

However, the quality of the research is excellent and of great value to both the academic researcher and casual reader alike. A German perspective of their role in the war is long overdue. The Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt has done a wonderful job in allowing their researchers the academic freedom to pursue issues without forcing preconceived conclusions onto them. The researchers have provided a scope of work that explores different ideas and, often times, reaches differing conclusions.

These volumes differ from other countries' "official" histories of the war. The period of time that has passed since the war's end and the publication of this work allow the contributors to focus on the modern notion of military history, encompassing not only military tactic and strategy but also the social, economic and political influences and consequences of the war.

Aside from the poor production quality, this is an outstanding and highly recommended work.

This review refers to the first four volumes in this series.
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