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World in the Balance
Behind the Scenes of World War II
Gerhard L. Weinberg

The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

1981 • 185 pp. 1 Foldout map 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
British & European History

$19.95 Paperback, 978-0-87451-217-5

“Essays representing the pinnacle of the historian’s craft: a solid and sweeping survey.”—German Studies Review

One of the deans of World War II scholars examines both the archives and published literature on the war, and offers sharp challenges to prevailing views.

The purpose of Weinberg’s text is to suggest a way in which the dramatic events of World War II may be seen. Weinberg argues that the war must be seen as a whole, and that the presentation of it in discrete segments covering the European and Pacific portions separately distorts reality and obscures important aspects of the war on both sides of the world. In addition, any understanding of the great struggle requires a mental self-liberation from the certain knowledge of its outcome. In desperate struggles millions fought and died, hopeful or fearful--or both--but without awareness of the end.

Reviews / Endorsements

“The dean of American historians specializing in the history of Nazi Germany has written a book that will benefit anyone interested in modern history. However, high school, college, and university students studying World War II for the first time and wanting the complexities of that conflict made more understandable will find it especially useful.”—The History Teacher

“Essays representing the pinnacle of the historian’s craft: a solid and sweeping survey.”—German Studies Review

GERHARD WEINBERG is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent several years in the early 1950s as Research Analyst for Columbia University’s War Documentation Project and was the first Director of the American Historical Association Project for Microfilming Captured German Documents. Among his books are the award-winning Foreign Policy of Hitler’s Germany (2 volumes, 1970 and 1980), Germany and the Soviet Union, 1939-1941 (1954), and Hitlers zweites Buch (1961).

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