World War II: Background, Aftermath and Impact


Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: HIS010000

This edited collection exhibits research that considers economic, educational, technological, and strategic planning that contributed to nations’ involvement in and the lasting impact of engagement in World War II. Written by historians and social scientists from around the world, each chapter offers an insight into the experiences and implications of those involved in the war – as leaders, civilians, politicians – and the continued strains resulting from diplomatic relationships and the casualties on and off the battlefield. The Second World War devastated the world – not equally in all areas or nations, but it altered the course of human history. These works contribute to the ability to make sense of this brutal war and in doing so, offer readers an opportunity to learn about some lesser-understood implications and results of the Second World War.

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Introduction – The Implications of World War II: Scholarly Analyses of the Impact of the Second World War
(Allison L. Palmadessa – Associate Professor of History, Greensboro College)

Chapter 1. Preparing for Total War Under Political and Economic Constraints: Greek Economic Mobilization before and during World War II, 1923-1941
(Ioannis-Dionysios Salavrakos – National & Capodistrian University of Athens, Department of Turkish Studies and Modern Asian Studies, 4 Dragatsaniou Street, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 2. Brazil and World War II: Conflict and Cooperation in the Brazil-United States Military Alliance, 1939-1950
(Dennison de Oliveira – Department of History, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, PR, BR)

Chapter 3. Occupation Borders During World War II in Slovenia, 1941-1945
(Peter Miksa and Matija Zorn – Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, et al.)

Chapter 4. Creating the Democratic Ideal: Presidential Expectations for American Education, 1939-1947 (Allison L. Palmadessa – Associate Professor of History, Greensboro College)

Chapter 5. Russian Threat Perceptions and the Ghost of Barbarossa: Soviet Shadows and New Military Uncertainties (Stephen J. Cimbala – Pennsylvania State University – Brandywine)

Chapter 6. Sputnik Versus the American Education System: The National Defense Education Act of 1958 (Allison L. Palmadessa – Associate Professor of History, Greensboro


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