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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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From 8 to 10 October 2015, the commemorative conference ‘The Second World War: Interpretations and Perspectives. A Re-visit After Seventy Years, 1945–2015’ was organized jointly by the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the Goethe-Institut Malaysia and Centre for European Studies, Lund University with kind support from three embassies – of France, Nepal and Poland – in Kuala Lumpur as well as the Japan Foundation. Eleven of thirty chapters published in this book developed from papers originally read during that academic event. We wish to acknowledge the assistance and support of the academic and administrative staff at IKMAS, as well as participants from eleven countries whose expertise and engagement made this conference successful.

Editors and authors direct their deep gratitude towards the reviewers of particular chapters: Prof Dr Arnd Bauerkämper (Berlin/Germany), Prof Dr Jerzy W. Borejsza (Warsaw/Poland), Dr Łukasz Chimiak (Warsaw/Poland), Prof Dr Gustavo Corni (Trento/Italy), Dr Luis Felipe Barrón Córdova (Mexico City/Mexico), Dr Mark J. Crowley (Wuchan/China), Dr Frank Dhont (Tainan/Taiwan), Prof Dr Fujio Hara (Tokyo/Japan), Prof Dr Mikołaj S. Jazdon (Poznań/Poland), Prof Dr Michael Jonas (Hamburg/Germany), Prof Dr Wynfried Kriegleder (Vienna/Austria), Prof Dr Lasse Laaksonen and Prof Dr Henrik Meinander (Helsinki/Finland), Dr Eleonora Narvselius (Lund/Sweden), Dr Krzysztof Nawratek (Sheffield, UK), Prof Dr Jan Nederveen Pietersee (Santa Barbara/USA), Dr Frederik Rettig (Singapore), Dr John R. Robertson (London, UK), Dr Per A. Rudling (Singapore, Lund/Sweden), Dr Marek W. Rutkowski (Subang Jaya/Malaysia), Dr Tomas Snegon (Lund/Sweden), Prof Dr...

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