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'Overy has written many fine books, but Blood and Ruins is his masterpiece. It puts all previous single-volume works of the conflict in the shade' Saul David, The Times A bold new approach to the Second World War from one of Britain's foremost military historians Richard Overy sets out in Blood and Ruins to recast the way in which we view the Second World War and its origins 'Overy has written many fine books, but Blood and Ruins is his masterpiece. It puts all previous single-volume works of the conflict in the shade' Saul David, The Times A bold new approach to the Second World War from one of Britain's foremost military historians Richard Overy sets out in Blood and Ruins to recast the way in which we view the Second World War and its origins and aftermath. He argues that this was the 'great imperial war', a violent end to almost a century of global imperial expansion which reached its peak in the ambitions of Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s and early 1940s, before descending into the largest and costliest war in human history and the end, after 1945, of all territorial empires. How war on a huge scale was fought, supplied, paid for, supported by mass mobilization and morally justified forms the heart of this new account. Above all, Overy explains the bitter cost for those involved in fighting, and the exceptional level of crime and atrocity that marked these imperial projects, the war and its aftermath. This war was as deadly for civilians as it was for the military, a war to the death over the future of the global order. Blood and Ruins is a masterpiece from of one of the most renowned historians of the Second World War, which will compel us to view the war in novel and unfamiliar ways. Thought-provoking, original and challenging, Blood and Ruins sets out to understand the war anew.


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'Overy has written many fine books, but Blood and Ruins is his masterpiece. It puts all previous single-volume works of the conflict in the shade' Saul David, The Times A bold new approach to the Second World War from one of Britain's foremost military historians Richard Overy sets out in Blood and Ruins to recast the way in which we view the Second World War and its origins 'Overy has written many fine books, but Blood and Ruins is his masterpiece. It puts all previous single-volume works of the conflict in the shade' Saul David, The Times A bold new approach to the Second World War from one of Britain's foremost military historians Richard Overy sets out in Blood and Ruins to recast the way in which we view the Second World War and its origins and aftermath. He argues that this was the 'great imperial war', a violent end to almost a century of global imperial expansion which reached its peak in the ambitions of Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s and early 1940s, before descending into the largest and costliest war in human history and the end, after 1945, of all territorial empires. How war on a huge scale was fought, supplied, paid for, supported by mass mobilization and morally justified forms the heart of this new account. Above all, Overy explains the bitter cost for those involved in fighting, and the exceptional level of crime and atrocity that marked these imperial projects, the war and its aftermath. This war was as deadly for civilians as it was for the military, a war to the death over the future of the global order. Blood and Ruins is a masterpiece from of one of the most renowned historians of the Second World War, which will compel us to view the war in novel and unfamiliar ways. Thought-provoking, original and challenging, Blood and Ruins sets out to understand the war anew.

40 review for Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean O'Donoghue

    The subtitle of this book, as shown here, is NOT "a history of the second world war" but "The Great Imperial War 1931-1945", which is why i purchased and read it, as wars by and large are part of Imperial and neo-imperial impulses. Anyway, a fascinating book, all 850 pages. Was a bit reluctant inititially as author is employed by right wing UK university, Exeter, where M15 recruit many of their spooks, but found his analysis suited all my prejudices. The book is magistrarial....a bit like a ful The subtitle of this book, as shown here, is NOT "a history of the second world war" but "The Great Imperial War 1931-1945", which is why i purchased and read it, as wars by and large are part of Imperial and neo-imperial impulses. Anyway, a fascinating book, all 850 pages. Was a bit reluctant inititially as author is employed by right wing UK university, Exeter, where M15 recruit many of their spooks, but found his analysis suited all my prejudices. The book is magistrarial....a bit like a full course on WW2. Half of it is concerned with the details of the War, from the Japanese assault on China in 1931, and half with the overall context of the war and the various peace treaties in the aftermath, with the end of Empires, the birth of Israel and America becoming top dog, ensuring those who were part of the resistance in Greece and Yugoslavia, mostly communist led, did not get to sit at the top table when it was all done. Highly recommended - a chapter at a time!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    David C Ward

    A very thorough, detailed world history of WWII covering everything from campaigns to economies to moral issues. Not sure I buy the premise that WWII was an Imperial war as the axis sought new territories just like the 19th imperialist empires. International relations changed after WWI even if the British empire (for one) hadn’t yet dissolved. The militarization of the Japanese and German governments, not just their authoritarianism, was something new as, of course, was the eliminationism of the A very thorough, detailed world history of WWII covering everything from campaigns to economies to moral issues. Not sure I buy the premise that WWII was an Imperial war as the axis sought new territories just like the 19th imperialist empires. International relations changed after WWI even if the British empire (for one) hadn’t yet dissolved. The militarization of the Japanese and German governments, not just their authoritarianism, was something new as, of course, was the eliminationism of the Nazis. There’s a hint of moral equivalence in comparisons between western inequities, especially American racism, and the Holocaust. No society is perfect but there are degrees. . .and those degrees are historically derived.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Simon Beechinor

    Wow - what a hard act for any historian to follow... a thoroughly absorbing and often harrowing account that offers an independent and sometimes troubling perspective of the cataclysmic global events of the period.

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