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The Opening of the Second World War

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on International Relations, held at The American University of Paris, September 26-30, 1989


Anthony J. Petrotta and David-Wingeate Pike

This remarkable book is the product of a conference held in Paris in September 1989 in which, for the very first time, Western, Soviet and Japanese historians joined in a scientific debate on all the most controversial aspects of how the Second World War came into being. Every one of the contributors is a star in his field. Soviet scholars are confronted by Russians who fled into exile. The book reveals the circumstances and the repercussions of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, examines the fate of Poland, and then shows how a number of relatively local struggles in Europe and the Far East coalesce in the course of two years to produce a global conflict.
Contents: The book examines the Hitler-Stalin agreements and their effect on Poland and the Western democracies, the Nippo-Soviet rapprochement, the Finno-Russian War, the Italian question, the annexation of the Baltic States, and the Balkan question.