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The Shock of War : Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945, Paperback / softback Book

The Shock of War : Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945 Paperback / softback

Part of the International Themes and Issues series


In The Shock of War: Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945, Sean Kennedy shifts the reader's focus from the battlefields of the Second World War to the civilian experience.

This short yet comprehensive history complements existing studies of the war that document diplomatic and military operations.

While many of these studies acknowledge the significance of the conflict for civilians, The Shock of War places civilians at the centre of events, drawing attention to the many different regions of the world affected by the conflict, and comparing various facets of the civilian experience.

Kennedy's fresh approach emphasizes the diverse and complex impact of the war, which was profoundly destructive, yet, in some societies, provided opportunities and the potential for positive change.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781442603707

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