The Last European War

September 1939–December 1941

John Lukacs

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March 11, 2001
576 pages, 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780300089158
Paper

This absorbing study of the first—and decisive—phase of World War II tells not only how events happened but why they happened as they did. Eminent historian John Lukacs presents an extraordinary narrative of these two years, followed by a detailed sequential analysis of the lives of the peoples and then of the political, military, and intellectual relations and events.

“Lukacs’s book is consistently interesting, surprising, and provocative.”—James Joll, New York Times Book Review

“This dispassionate, humorous, serious, and brilliantly written book marks an important step forward in our understanding of a past that is still within living memory.”—Economist

“An excellent, valuable, and highly readable book. . . . It makes both fascinating and extraordinarily valuable reading. It is a major contribution to historical scholarship.”—Joseph G. Harrison, Christian Science Monitor

“A brilliant, original study of what this era meant--socially, politically, artistically, intellectually--in the lives of the peoples of Europe. . . . [Lukacs’s] grasp of emotional as well as intellectual history is commanding.”—New Yorker

“Deserves to be widely read, seriously considered, and vigorously debated.”—Gordon Wright, American Historical Review

John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, among them Five Days in London, A Thread of Years, The Hitler of History, and The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age. The first two are available from Yale University Press.

"Mr. Lukacs is one of the more incisive historians of the 20th century, and especially of the tangled events leading to World War II."—Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times

"Like all the great historians, this Hungarian-American [Lukacs], also is a great philosopher of history. He is best known for developing his idea of 'historical consciousness' and as a historian of World War II, the Cold War and democracy in America."—John Seiler, Orange County Register (CA)

“Lukacs’s book is consistently interesting, surprising, and provocative.”--James Joll, New York Times Book Review

“This dispassionate, humorous, serious, and brilliantly written book marks an important step forward in our understanding of a past that is still within living memory.”--Economist

“An excellent, valuable, and highly readable book. . . . It makes both fascinating and extraordinarily valuable reading. It is a major contribution to historical scholarship.”--Joseph G. Harrison, Christian Science Monitor

“A brilliant, original study of what this era meant--socially, politically, artistically, intellectually--in the lives of the peoples of Europe. . . . [Lukacs’s] grasp of emotional as well as intellectual history is commanding.”
--New Yorker


“Deserves to be widely read, seriously considered, and vigorously debated.”--Gordon Wright, American Historical Review

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