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The Concise Encyclopedia of World War II by Cathal J. Nolan

The Concise Encyclopedia of World War II

Part of the Greenwood Encyclopedias of Modern World Wars Series


The Concise Encyclopedia of World War II by Cathal J. Nolan

A comprehensive and integrated military, political, and strategic history of World War II, ranging from the daily life of conscripts and civilians to operational and strategic decision making at the highest levels. * Hundreds of concise entries on all facets of World War II, ranging well beyond the typical focus on the West and on battle-to-battle recaps * 100 photos and 20 maps offer important information about World War II


This two-volume reference for students and general readers was prepared by Cathal J. Nolan (history, Boston U.), and it falls into the relatively small group of encyclopedias with a single author. He explains in his preface the challenge of compressing the scope and complexity of World War II into an accessible work that offers something more than a superficial review; and he explains his decision to focus on military aspects of the war rather than life on far-reaching social or cultural issues, or the details of diplomacy. His approach is more global than is customary, with much material on often underreported topics such as the Eastern Front and the Sino-Japanese War; and he has aimed to report in an evenhanded manner without service to any particular ideological or nationalist point of view. Approximately 2,800 cross-referenced entries are arranged alphabetically. Some entries are as short as one or two lines while others occupy a few pages. Indexing is in the second volume as is an extensive bibliography, organized thematically. - Reference & Research Book News Nolan has brought his considerable talents and flair for economic and engaging writing to the task and produced what is certainly an impressive reference work, recommended for larger public libraries and undergraduate collections. - Booklist ... best suited for high schools or medium-sized public libraries. - Reference & User Services Quarterly

About the Author

Cathal J. Nolan is associate professor of history and executive director of the International History Institute at Boston University, Boston, MA.

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Publication date

22nd April 2010


Cathal J. Nolan

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Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO


1322 pages


Second World War
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Encyclopaedias & reference works



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