The Second World War was the most widespread conflict in human history. Involving over 100 million people from more than thirty nations, it completely reshaped the world as we know it and led to the birth of the modern era. It gave rise to world leaders both iconic and infamous, instigated the break-up of empires and set the stage for the Cold War between the United States of America and the Soviet Union, which would last for over forty years. In Britain, the war helped to solidify a national identity that lasts to this day, leading to the creation of the welfare state and highlighting the merits of an orderly queuing system. Clive Pearson takes us on a quick-march across the battlegrounds of the world s deadliest conflict, at home and abroad. Witness the war s defining moments and international aftermath, and discover a few lesser-known facts you may never have heard of along the way.
Clive Pearson is a lecturer in History and Government and Politics. Specialising in modern history, he has a particular interest in and far-reaching knowledge of the Second World War. He has been published in the History Review magazine and has spent several years teaching abroad in Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia. He lives in Gloucester.