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The End Of Glory: An Interpretation Of The Origins Of World War Ii
Focusing on the diplomatic history of Europe from 1919 to 1939, Lafore asserts that World War II resulted largely from efforts of the European Powers to run affairs with institutions and ideas made obsolete by World War I. By 1919 the Great Powers of the nineteenth century were dismembered or exhausted, and the Great Powers of the twentieth century, Russia and the United S ...more
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Jan 17, 2011 Mark Singer rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A somewhat chatty investigation of the origins of the Second World War that focuses on diplomacy and misconceptions. Lafore's basic premise is that the men in charge of the United Kingdom and France were acting as if it was still the 19th century and did not realize that the old formulas of diplomacy would not work in the age of the dictatorships. All the European leaders, the democracies and dictatorships included, still saw Europe as the center of the world and ignored the United States and th ...more
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