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The war in North Africa, 1940-1943 : a selected bibliography /
Colin F. Baxter.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996.
description
vii, 119 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0313291209 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996.
isbn
0313291209 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1799589
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-10-01:
This historiographical/bibliographical survey of the complex and controversial war in North Africa, 1940-43, fills a gap in the published literature on the topic. Disagreement swirls around many aspects of the campaign, including its strategic necessity. Baxter, who compiled the bibliography on the campaign in Normandy in this series, has written a clear, fair-minded appraisal of the literature. He presents materials from all major combatants and discusses the military strategy of both sides, as well as related military campaigns and diplomatic and political issues. Baxter succeeds in reaching his intended audiences of specialists and general readers. The historiographical section is arranged chronologically and includes a chapter about important repositories of archival materials. The second section is a bibliography of 504 items, most in English, citing books, government publications, articles, and dissertations mentioned in the text. This small book with a big price inexcusably lacks a map. However, it is highly recommended for libraries with collections in WW II or military history, and for large academic and public libraries. D. W. Barthell George Washington University
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'œTis historiographical/bibliographical surevy of the complex and controversial war in North Africa, 1940-43, fills a gap in the published literature on the topic... [Baxter] has written a clea, fair-minded appraisal of teh literature... Baxter succeeds in reaching his intended audiences of specialists and general readers... it is highly recommended for libraries with collections in WW iI or military history, and for large academic and public libraries.'' Choice
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Few of the major campaigns of World War II aroused as much controversy as the War in North Africa, 1940-1943. Figures such as Rommel, Montgomery, and Eisenhower would become world famous because of the fighting in North Africa. This book opens with seven historiographical essays that evaluate and critically assess the major contributions to the literature on the War in North Africa. It then includes an alphabetically arranged bibliography of the 504 entries cited in the essays. The material is easily accessible, with cross-references between the text and the bibliography and a full index. The volume includes chapters on the Desert War, 1940-42; the Axis Powers in North Africa; Montgomery, Alam Halfa and El Alamein; TORCH: the Landings in French North Africa, and the Tunisian Campaign. Full attention is given to questions and issues historians have raised on such controversies as the Auchinleck-Montgomery dispute, the debate over Operation TORCH, and the Darlan affair. Emphasis is on English-language works, but the most significant Italian, German, and French works are cited and assessed. The book has been written for use in public, college, university, and institutional libraries, and to serve general readers and military historians.
Table of Contents
Preface
Narrative and Historiographical Survey Historical Background Sources for Research on the War in North Africa
The Desert War, 1940-1942
The Axis Powers in North Africa Montgomery, Alam Halfa, and El Alamein Torch
The Landings in French North Africa
The Tunisian Campaign Future Research
Bibliography
Index
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