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Visions of Victory
The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders

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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521708753

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  • Visions of Victory explores the views of eight war leaders of the major powers of World War II - Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Chiang Kai-shek, Stalin, Churchill, de Gaulle, and Roosevelt - and compares their visions of the future assuming their side had emerged victorious. While the leaders primarily focused their attention on the strategy for fighting and winning the war, these very decisions were often shaped by their aspirations and hopes for the future. Weinberg assesses how subsequent events were impacted by these decisions and examines how these visions for the future changed and evolved throughout the war.

    • Highly original analysis of the future visions of eight major leaders of World War II, including Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt
    • Appeal to the general reader, students, and specialists
    • A straightforward and accessible analysis of an enormous quantity of evidence, much of which has only recently come to light
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Since imagined outcomes are essential to understanding WWII's actual result, Weinberg's experienced analysis is vital to the WWII collection." Booklist

    "Based on his unrivalled knowledge of the war-time policies of the main belligerent leaders of World War II as well as on newly published material, Professor Weinberg has combined scholarship with imagination in reconstructing their individual visions of the post-war world. The result is a book, written for a wide circle of readers, that throws new light on unfinished debates about the chief winners and losers of a truly global war." Zara Steiner, Emeritus Fellow, New Hall, Cambridge University

    "Weinberg, the leading American scholar of World War II, presents a masterful overview of the postwar hopes and aspirations of the major leaders of history's greatest conflict. The scale of the fighting and the level of destruction made it impossible to wage that war for the purpose of restoring the status quo. Highlights among the eight leaders Weinberg profiles include Hitleras brutally dystopian visions, Stalinas aggressive imperialism, Charles de Gaulleas hopes of France restored to great-power status, and Winston Churchill's image of the British Empire as a force for peace and stability . Weinberg, however, credits Franklin D. Roosevelt with the most comprehensive, most generous vision of the postwar world. The US and the UN may not have succeeded entirely in implementing FDR's belief in international organization --but they came close enough to avert further comprehensive catastrophes. " Prof. Dennis Showalter, Colorado College

    "Visions of Victory is a beautifully written and wide- ranging synthesis of a large and burgeoning literature...It is a masterpiece of historical writing that should be read by anyone interested in the origins of the world in which we live." Financial Times, Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at Oxford University

    "A look at the evolution and influence of the war aims of the leaders of the principal warring powers -- Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Chiang, Stalin, Churchill, de Gaulle, Roosevelt--and how close they came to realization. In a well-written book, Weinberg shows how each leader's personality and the culture and politics of his society helped shape his goals and his conduct of the war. Arguing, rather persuasively, that most of these leaders had essentially nineteenth century views of the world, Weinberg concludes perhaps not suprisingly, that the leader who came closest to achieving his goals was FDR...More surprisingly, he concludes that second place must be accorded to Chiang...A very important book for anyone interested in the World War II or the grand strategy of the twentieth century" - The NYMAS Review

    "[The Book] will provide readers with an excellent brief overview of the world of each of these leaders wished to create, and it is highly recommended for general as well as academic audiences." - Mark A. Stoler, University of Vermont, The Historian

    "Overall, scholars will find that Weinberg's treatment is fair and his research exhaustive. His chapter on Hitler is ultimately the strongest; it is a remarkable and concise exploration of Hitler's radical vision that did so much to nearly destroy the world. Finally, no scholar is more qualified than Weinberg to write this compelling, approachable, and highly original book." - Jeff Demers, Massachusetts School of Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521708753
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Adolf Hitler
    2. Benito Mussolini
    3. Tojo Hideki
    4. Chiang Kai-shek
    5. Josef Stalin
    6. Winston Churchill
    7. Charles de Gaulle
    8. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    9. The real postwar world.

  • Author

    Gerhard L. Weinberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Gerhard L. Weinberg is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the origins and course of World War II, including A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and Germany, Hitler, and World War II (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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