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War Aims in the Second World War: The War Aims of the Key Belligerents 1939-1945

Victor Rothwell


This is the first study of the aims that motivated the major powers – the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan – to fight in the Second World War. The book shows how some war aims were constants, unlikely to be abandoned except as a result of total defeat, while others arose as a result of the fortunes of war. The author sheds light on the wartime transition of the United States and the Soviet Union to superpower status. He shows that consistency of purpose is most evident in Great Britain, content with the international pre-war status quo, and Nazi Germany, inten ... More

Keywords: major powers, Second World War, superpower status, status quo, Nazi Germany, new order, 1919 peace settlement, Pearl Harbour, 1941, military strengths

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748615025
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Rothwell, author