Cry havoc : how the arms race drove the world to war, 1931-1941 / Joseph Maiolo

Author(s): Maiolo, Joseph A
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Subjects: World War, 1939-1945--Causes
Arms race--History--20th century
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Basic Books, c2010
LC Classification: D
Table of Contents: List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction 1
1. Deep War and Red Militarism 7
2. Colonel Ishiwara Goes to Manchuria 23
3. "Rearm and Get Ready" 39
4. "We Are Moving Among Giants" 57
5. "Should We Accept the Rearmament of Germany?" 75
6. The Military-Industrial Complex 105
7. The Naval Arms Races Begin 119
8. "We Have Reached a Plateau" 141
9. Guns and Butter 159
10. "Next Time We'll Urge On the Other Side" 187
11. "They Are Serious, the Englishmen" 211
12. "...A Different Kind of Nation"? 241
13. The Great Acceleration, 1938-39 269
14. "The Acid Test...Is Whether Anyone is Ready to Disarm" 303
15. "Miracles Cannot Happen" 315
16. Wars of Rapid Decision? 343
17. "Is Total War, Then, the Path to Freedom?" Conclusion: The Race Goes On 397
Notes 405
Index 459
Notes: LCCN: 2010005533
ISBN: 9780465011148 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0465011144 (alk. paper)
Summary: Did the arms race of the 1930s cause the Second World War? In Cry Havoc, historian Joseph Maiolo shows, in rich detail, how the deadly game of the arms race was played out in the decade prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. In this exhaustively researched account, he explores how nations reacted to the moves of their rivals, revealing the thinking of those making the key decisions--Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain, Stalin, Roosevelt--and the dilemmas of democratic leaders who seemed to be faced with a choice between defending their nations and preserving their democratic way of life. This unparalleled account of an era of extreme political tension shows how the interwar arms race shaped the outcome of World War II before the shooting even began.--From publisher description
Contents: Deep war and Red militarism -- Colonel Ishiwara goes to Manchuria -- "Rearm and get ready" -- "We are moving among giants" -- "Should we accept the rearmament of Germany?" -- The military-industrial complex -- The naval arms races begin -- "We have reached a plateau" -- Guns and butter -- "Next time we'll urge on the other side" -- "They are serious, the Englishmen" -- "--A different kind of nation"? -- The great acceleration, 1938-39 -- "The acid test-- is whether anyone is ready to disarm" -- "Miracles cannot happen" -- Wars of rapid decision? -- "Is total war, then, the path to freedom?" -- Conclusion: The race goes on
Includes bibliographical references and index
Physical Description: xiv, 473 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
OCLC Number: 466335156
ISBN/ISSN: 9780465011148
0465011144

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