Thunder In The East

Author(s): Mawdsley Evan

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The Soviet Union's struggle with Nazi Germany played the decisive part in the Allied defeat of Hitler. Gigantic, prolonged, and bloody land battles, running continuously from 1941 to 1945, contrasted with the fighting on other fronts. The Russians largely fought on their own, with an independent strategy, and at a cost much higher than that borne by the other combatants. As for the Germans, Hitler and his high command conceived and carried out the Russian campaign as a singular 'war of annihilation'. Benefiting from a post-Communist, post-Cold War perspective, Evan Mawdsley takes full advantage of the wealth of new studies and source materials to produce a narrative that is both penetrating and wide-ranging, providing a clear overview of a vast conflict. This is a gripping account of one of the most devastating episodes of European history.>


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First succinct analysis of the Second World War on the Eastern Front Draws on recently published work in Russian based on material now being 'discovered' Written by an historian with a complete grasp of his subject Trade title: publication will be backed up with a bookshop promotion (in conjunction with 'Mussolini' and 'The Civil War in the United States') as well as a press release, advertising and a direct mail campaign

"Mawdsley is a Russian specialist, and much of his research is based on thousands of documents from the Soviet military archives published in the 1990s. These enable him, first, to avoid overreliance on self-serving Soviet military memoirs; second to provide an in-depth analysis of the Red Army's development into a highly effective military machine; and, third, to illuminate many neglected phases and episodes of the military campaign." Geoffrey Roberts, THES 'This is exceptionally precise and judicious work, now the authoritative general history ' The Atlantic 'This is a substantial contribution to the literature on the Soviet-German war Mawdsley knows the material intimately. This is a high-class offering.' Robert Service, University of Oxford 'Thunder in the East is now the state-of-the-art general history of the Eastern front.' James V. Koch, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Evan Mawdsley's book strikes new ground by being a one-volume work on the Eastern Front which gives equal weight to both the Soviets and the Axis. Consequently, it is likely that this will become the point of first call for those interested in the war in the East from 1941 to 1945 It is well-written, amply researched, and fair and balanced in its conclusions The focus is very much on the operational level, and in that respect the book is extremely thorough, giving full weight not just to the famous battles, such as Stalingrad, but to the lesser-known ones and to all theatres of the conflict the book succeeds admirably in achieving its aim of presenting the history of the Eastern Front in one volume. For this, Evan Mawdsley is to be congratulated. P.F. Robinson, SEER

Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

General Fields

  • : 9780340613924
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Hodder Arnold
  • : 0.882
  • : February 2007
  • : 234mm X 156mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mawdsley Evan
  • : Paperback
  • : 940.54217
  • : 528
  • : illustrations