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After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe by Michael Jones
  

After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe

Biography / Autobiography   History   
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Even with Hitler dead it took 10 days to finally end World War Two, and it is against this background, the ending of the war and what came afterwards that is the subject of Michael Jones’s history. For some it was a glorious victory for others an ignominious loss, across Europe people faced turmoil, loss and starvation. It was also a period when, however briefly East and West Came together and a very different world could have emerged from the ashes of war.

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After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe by Michael Jones

On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Donitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another ten days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history. Relations between the 'Big Three' - the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union - suddenly plunged to near breaking point. This book reveals that tumultuous story. After Hitler also looks at the wider canvas of the war and the terrible humanitarian catastrophe uncovered in Europe. It describes those who felt the joy of freedom, but also those who faced a highly uncertain future. As Red Army soldiers joined forces with their British and American allies, Stalin's East finally came face to face with Churchill's and Truman's West. After Hitler tells of their growing mistrust, but also of moments of remarkable goodwill and co-operation - the brief but poignant hope that these great nations could together fashion a new and safer future. This is a fascinating exploration of the brief but crucial period that shaped the emerging post-war world.

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Praise for Michael Jones ---

'A milestone in the treatment of the battle ... highly effective and utterly captivating ... This is the finest history of its type published to date
David Glanz

'A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit'
Herald

'Jones deserves full credit for the remarkable personal testimonies he has amassed'
Max Hastings, Sunday Times

About the Author

Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt, Stalingrad and Leningrad, and most recently The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat. For the last few years he has conducted battlefield tours of the Eastern Front.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Michael Jones

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Hardback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History


ISBN

9781848544949

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