The Origins of the Second World War by A. J. P. Taylor

This book delves into the causes and events leading to the Second World War, challenging traditional views and suggesting that it was not a premeditated act of aggression by Germany, but rather a series of miscalculations and blunders by various nations. It argues that the war was not inevitable, but was the result of flawed diplomacy and the failure of the League of Nations. The author presents a detailed analysis of the actions of major players, including Britain, France, and Russia, providing a fresh perspective on the political climate of the time.

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Total Points: 63

Since this book was first published in 1961, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 63.0.

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