A People's History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire
A People's History of the Second World Warunearths 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, imperial...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Pluto Press
(first published June 14th 2012)
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Jan 13, 2013 Joshua rated it 4 of 5 stars
This is a very interesting and eye opening book about the Second World War. It paints a different picture to the one we've seen in movies like Saving Private Ryan. The book analyses WW2 using the idea of parallel wars: an imperialist war (to carve up the world for capitalist exploitation) and a people's war (for better rights, conditions and liberation). The dual character and contradictory nature of the war is argued convincingly. A good example of the dichotomy was in Greece where the local re...more
I really like Gluckstein's work. Again, as with the book on the Paris Commune, he abstains from traditional narrative history and instead looks at how the premise of the book--the two wars: imperialist and 'people's war'--can be applied to different cases. Yes, the writing is unashamedly Marxist and anti-imperialist, but it only shows there should be more books like this. The 'accepted facts' of traditional history writing are unmasked as carefully selected. Brilliant.
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“Despite its fascist government Greece entered the Second World War on the Allied side because Italy invaded what it thought was a target for easy conquest. Here was further evidence that, despite the rhetoric, rulers did not consider the Second World War to be a war between fascists and anti-fascists.”More quotes…