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The Soviet Union at War 1941-1945 (Hardback)

WWII

Edited by David Stone
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848840522
Published: 18th October 2010

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Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 precipitated a massive clash of arms that gave rise to destruction and suffering on an unprecedented scale. The outcome of this ruthless struggle on the Eastern Front was decisive for the course of the war in Europe. Yet the campaigns fought there still receive less attention than those fought by the Western Allies, and are less well understood. That is why this new survey of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, edited by David R. Stone, is so timely and significant. He has brought together a distinguished group of experts who give a penetrating reassessment of the Soviet war effort and economy. They offer a telling insight into the way in which enormous obstacles were overcome – and sacrifices were made – in order to achieve an overwhelming victory that changed the shape of Europe. Their wide-ranging analysis seeks to dispel myths and misperceptions that have distorted our understanding of the performance of the Red Army and the Soviet people.

The chapters all mesh well together which is a strong point of the material and the individual studies; of Women and their role in the war, Partisans and their contributions and the great number of Non-Russians who role is explored make this a must have edition of Pen and Sword books. Giving a well -rounded over-view of eight individual facets of the Soviet Union and a nicely done summation chapter will give the reader a good depth of understanding of the Soviet People and key aspects surrounding the period. David Stone, Kansas State University has done an exceptional job with this text, hopefully we will see more of him and similar efforts in the future. This work lends itself to the making of a fine Soviet or Russian front library along with the other existing and numerous Pen and Sword books covering the larger Eastern Front campaign.

Richard P. Wade MA - Military Historian

This is a very valuable piece of work, and an essential part of the literature on the Second World War.

historyofwar.org- July 2011

As a whole or as individual chapters 'The Soviet Union at War is appropriate for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Anyone interested in war beyond tightly defined tactics and strategy - in other words, anyone concerned with the impact of war on society and the impact of society on how wars are fought - will find this volume useful.

The Russian Review

This book is highly recommended for readers with an interest in the Soviet Union or the Second World War in general. It is the definitive statement on state of current research in this field.

Military Times - February 2011

About David Stone

Editor David R. Stone is professor of history at Kansas State University. He is a leading authority on the military and political history of the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s. As well as writing numerous journal articles, he is the author of two major studies: "A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the War in Chechnya" and "Hammer and Rifle: The Militarization of the Soviet Union 1926-1933".

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