World War II

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After the War Ends
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1917
When the soldiers return to their homes, new misery and new want are grinning at them. Awful as have been the sufferings that war has brought, in one respect the lot of the proletarians is still worse...
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
American Power and the New Mandarins
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1969
Chomsky writes about American power and violence, especially in the context of the Vietnam war, and he focuses especially on the complicity of American intellectuals in supporting and enabling the Ame...
An Army of Amateurs: The Story of the SOE Resistance Movement in France
Vomecourt, Philippe de
Book
1961
A first-hand account of the resistance in Nazi-occupied France.
A Bend in the Labyrinth - Book Review: Against The Current vol. 160
Wald, Alan
Article
2012
Book review of 'The Century’s Midnight: Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War' by Clive Bush.
Beyond Judgment
Levi, Primo
Article
Blood and Belonging: Journey into the New Nationalism
Ignatieff, Michael
Book
1993
Essays on nationalism in Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Ukraine, Quebec, Kurdistan, and Northern Ireland.
Did Roosevelt know in advance about the attack on Pearl Harbor yet say nothing?
Article
2001
Examining another popular conspiracy theory.
Dutch resistance: Connexipedia Article
Article
Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation during World War II.
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil
Arendt, Hannah
Book
1963
Hannah Arendt's report on the trial of Adolph Eichmann.
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
February strike (The Netherlands): Connexipedia Article
Article
A general strike organized during World War II in The Netherlands against the anti-Jewish measures and activities by the Nazis.
German resistance: Connexipedia Article
Article
The opposition by individuals and groups in Nazi Germany to the regime of Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1945.
The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It
Ehrlich, Judith
Film/Video
Men who took the unpopular position of pacifism in the face of World War II.
The Good War, Revisited: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor: What FDR Knew
Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Article
2013
Each Pearl Harbor day offers a fresh opportunity for those who correctly believe that Franklin Roosevelt knew of an impending attack by the Japanese and welcomed it as a way of snookering the isolatio...
Greek Resistance: Connexipedia Article
Article
The term for a number of armed and unarmed groups from across the political spectrum that resisted the Axis Occupation of Greece in the period 1941-1944 during the Second World War.
The Green Trees Beyond: A Memoir
Lawrence, R. D.
Book
1994
R.D. Lawrence, a self-taught biologist whose first years of life coincided with the Spanish civil war, and who later became a noted as well as self-taught Canadian biologist.
The History of the German Resistance 1933-1945: Widerstand, Staatsstreich, Attentat
Hoffman, Peter
Book
1969
A thorough portrayal of the plans, hesitations, frustrations, and failures of the opposition to Hitler.
Hitler's Propaganda Machine
Rutherford, Ward
Book
1978
The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures
Book
2003
A chronological account of the genocide of European Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941
Klemperer, Victor
Book
1998
These diaries, written in secrecy, provide a vivid account of everyday life in Hitler's Germany. Although he was baptized a Protestant, Klemperer was still considered a Jew by the regime and saw his f...
IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
Black, Edwin
Book
2001
Nazi Germany employed IBM Hollerith punch-card machines to perform critical tasks in carrying out the Holocaust and the German war effort, cranking out lists of Jews which were then turned over to th...
Luxembourgian general strike 1942: Connexipedia Article
Article
A pacific resistance movement organised within a short time period to protest against a directive that incorporated the Luxembourg youth into the Wehrmacht.
A Marxist History of the World part 87: The Causes of the Second World War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
As Hitler sought to expand Germany's sphere of influence in Europe, Britain's policy of appeasement reflected the interests of the British ruling classes – until German power became overwhelming.
A Marxist History of the World part 88: The Second World War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
With the great powers fighting to defend their empires, the Second World War would re-divide the world between competing blocs of capitalists.
A Marxist History of the World part 89: 1941-1945: barbarism in a world gone mad
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The Second World War was characterised by primeval savagery. Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Militarist Japan waged war with unprecedented brutality, but the ‘democracies’ also committed terrible w...
A Marxist History of the World part 90: The Second World War: resistance
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Large parts of Occupied Europe were liberated by local resistance movements. But the potential for a revolutionary transformation was smothered at birth.
A Marxist History of the World part 92: The Great Boom
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the first three decades after the war, the world economy experienced unprecedented growth rates and falling unemployment. But the boom rested on unstable foundations.
A Marxist History of the World part 94: End of Empire?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In spite of the imperialist powers' attempts to cling on to their colonies, formal empire was finished by the late 1970s. But this was not the end of imperialism.
Never Be A Soldier
Debs, Eugene Victor
Article
1998
[This classic, written in 1915, was one of numerous leaflets by Socialist Party leader Debs opposing World War I. His opponents sent co pies of this and other antiwar statements by Debs to the U.S. At...
Norwegian resistance movement: Connexipedia Article
Article
Resistance to the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany.
On the Backgrounds of the Pacific War
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1967
This essay touches on several questions: on Muste's revolutionary pacifism and his interpretation of it in connection with the Second World War; on the backgrounds of Japan's imperial ventures; on the...
Orwell: The War Broadcasts
West, W.J. [ed.]
Book
1986
Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
Zinn, Howard
Book
1990
Essays looking at American political ideology.
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Pilecki, Witold: Connexipedia Article
Article
A member of the Polish resistance and the only known person to volunteer to be imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp. (1901-1948).
Politics Past
Macdonald, Dwight
Book
1958
A collection of essays by Dwight Macdonald.
Rescue of the Danish Jews: Connexipedia Article
Article
When Hitler ordered that Danish Jews be arrested and deported on 1-2 October 1943, many Danes took part in a collective effort to evacuate the roughly 8,000 Jews of Denmark by sea to nearby neutral Sw...
Resistance in Europe: 1939 - 45
Hawes, Stephen; White, Ralph; (eds)
Book
1975
Essays on the resistance against Hitler during World War II.
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays by Dave Dellinger
Dellinger, Dave
Book
1970
Dellinger says that "those of us who oppose the violence of the status quo and reject the violence of armed revolt and class hatred bear a heavy responsibility to struggle existentially to provdew non...
Sisters in the Resistance: The Women's War to Free France
Collins Weitz, Margaret
Book
1995
Weitz documented accounts of 70 women involved in the Resistance.
Sousa Mendes, Aristides de: Connexipedia Article
Article
Portuguese diplomat who ignored and defied the orders of his own government for the safety of war refugees fleeing from invading German military forces in the early years of World War II. (1885-1954).
Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1982
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
Two in one?: A review of Donny Gluckstein, A People's History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire (Pluto, 2012)
Bolaris, Leandros
Article
2013
The Second World War was and still is the example of the “good war”, a war that put an end to Auschwitz, a war fought not only by regular armies but also by mass movements of anti-fascist resistance.
War from above, resistance from below
Holborow, Marnie
Article
2016
A review of Donny Gluckstein (ed), Fighting on all Fronts: Popular Resistance and the Second World War. As Donny Gluckstein points out in the introduction to this book, understanding the nature of the...
The Warsaw rising
Deschner, Gunther
Book
1972
What is Lost in Poles' Memories
Trukhachev, Vadim
Article
2015
Trukhachev reflects on Polish attempts to re-write the history of the Second World War.
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.
Year 501: The Conquest Continues
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
An examination of the U.S. role in the world placed in the long historical perspective of the 500 years that followed the voyages of Columbus.
Yugoslav Partisans: Connexipedia Article
Article
A Communist-led World War II resistance movement engaged in the fight against Axis forces and their collaborators in Yugoslavia from 1941-1945.
Zwiazek Organizacji Wojskowej: Connexipedia Article
Article
An underground resistance organization formed by Witold Pilecki at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1940.

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Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia ...
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and underst...
Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project
During the Second World War, a total of 25,343 merchant ships, with 164,783,921 tons of cargo on-board, sailed from North America to Britain. However, the true cost of the war at sea was in human lives lost in defence of freedom -...
National Archives of the United States
As the nation's record keeper, it is our vision that all Americans will understand the vital role records play in a democracy, and their own personal stake in the National Archives. Our holdings and diverse programs will be availa...
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. A public-private partnership, fe...

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Jörg Friedrich
Jörg Friedrich is a Berlin-based author of books on history commonly described as an "independent German Historian". Friedrich is best known for his publication Der Brand (2002) in which he portrays t...
George Orwell: A Life
Crick, Bernard
1980
A biography of George Orwell.
The Holocaust
The Fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945
Yahail, Leni
1990
An comprehensive history of Hitler's war on the Jews of Europe.
Mussolini
Hibbert, Christopher
1972
War Leader Book No. 13 in Ballantine's Illustrated History of the Violent Century ...
Operation Source
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Operation Source was a series of attacks to neutralise the heavy German warships - Tirpitz, Scharnhorst and Lutzow - based in Northern Norway, using X-class midget submarines. The attacks took place i...
Operation Valkyrie
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Operation Valkyrie was an emergency continuity of government operations plan developed in Nazi Germany for the Territorial Reserve Army of Germany to execute and implement in case of a general breakdo...
The Oxford History of Modern War
Townshend, Charles
1997
The book is a military history, principally from the defeat of the Ottoman besiegers of Vienna in 1683.
The Patricias: A Century of Service
Bercuson, David, J.
2013
There have been many books that have examined the various regiments of the Canadian Forces. But few have been written with the depth of expertise and wealth of imagery seen in The Patricias: A Century...
Through Blood & Sweat
A Remembrance Trek across Sicilly's World War II Battlegrounds
Zuehkle, Mark
2015