James L. Stokesbury



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A Short History of World Wa...

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A Short History of World War I

3.94 avg rating — 476 ratings — published 1981 — 14 editions
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A Short History of the Kore...

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A Short History of the Amer...

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A Short History of the Civi...

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A Short History Of Air Power

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Navy and Empire

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Short History of World War I

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“Britain and France, honoring their pledge to Poland made earlier in the year, declared war on Germany on September 3. The war lasted nearly six years, and by the time it was over, much of the civilized world lay in ruins, something more than thirty million people had been killed, great empires had been destroyed, and weapons of new and hitherto unimagined potential had been unleashed upon the world. Such a result could not have stemmed from a border dispute between Germany and Poland. The powder train that led to the outbreak of war went back far beyond the immediate causes of it.”
James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II

“In 1932, a commission of the League of Nations produced a preparatory draft for a general scheme of disarmament. The proposal, however, left untouched all previous treaties that dealt with arms limitations. Among these, the French insisted on including the Versailles treaty, with its provisions about German strengths. This meant there could be no German rearmament; that meant there could be no equality of arms, and that in turn, by the convoluted logic of politics, meant there could be no disarmament.”
James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II

“The Russian delegation, led by Maxim Litvinov, proposed complete and immediate disarmament for everybody; this was rejected out of hand as a Bolshevik trick.”
James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II

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