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America, Hitler and the UN : how the allies won World War II and forged a peace /
Dan Plesch ; foreword by Sir Brian Urquhart.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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xvi, 256 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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1848853084 (hbk.), 9781848853089 (hbk.)
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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1848853084 (hbk.)
9781848853089 (hbk.)
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7609286
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [222]-247) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-01-01:
Plesch (Univ. of London) offers a fresh account of Allied diplomacy during WW II. His narrative spans the United Nations Declaration, proclaimed by the anti-Hitler coalition on January 1, 1942, and the creation of the UN organization in April-June 1945, during which interval the name "United Nations" became the official designation of the alliance. He describes how the Allies coped with such matters as war crimes, shipment of military supplies, relief for civilians, and postwar economic stabilization. Sources include polling data; online archives from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Great Britain; the American Foreign Relations series; reports of the UN and its subsidiary agencies; and various memoirs, monographs, and scholarly studies. Particularly strong is Plesch's thorough, appreciative account of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA) and his trenchant criticism of the US's precipitous termination of Lend-Lease. Minor flaws include misspellings (e.g., Maurice Matloff, Arthur Krock, Merlo J. Pusey), insignificant errors (e.g., communists attacked, not joined, the America First Committee; Soviet endorsement of the Atlantic Charter was extremely guarded); and oversimplification (i.e., Charles Lindbergh and the Nazis). All in all, Plesch offers a valuable addition to the study of international organization. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. J. D. Doenecke New College of Florida
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"Dan Plesch has done a historically vital job in researching the huge, and virtually unvisited, archives of the wartime United Nations. America, Hitler and the UN for the first time shows the present United Nations in the full context of its wartime parentage. In doing so, it provides an important new dimension both for the world organization's current and ever-growing responsibilities, and for those who are responsible for charting and developing its future." -- Sir Brian Urquhart, former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations
"Dan Plesch has done a historically vital job in researching the huge, and virtually unvisited, archives of the wartime United Nations. America, Hitler and the UN for the first time shows the present United Nations in the full context of its wartime parentage. In doing so, it provides an important new dimension both for the world organization's current and ever-growing responsibilities, and for those who are responsible for charting and developing its future."--Sir Brian Urquhart, former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations
"Dan Plesch has done a historically vital job in researching the huge, and virtually unvisited, archives of the wartime United Nations. America, Hitler and the UN for the first time shows the present United Nations in the full context of its wartime parentage. In doing so, it provides an important new dimension both for the world organization's current and ever-growing responsibilities, and for those who are responsible for charting and developing its future." -- Sir Brian Urquhart, former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations "[A] fascinating new book" -- Simon Tisdall, Guardian
“Dan Plesch has done a historically vital job in researching the huge, and virtually unvisited, archives of the wartime United Nations. America, Hitler and the UN for the first time shows the present United Nations in the full context of its wartime parentage. In doing so, it provides an important new dimension both for the world organization’s current and ever-growing responsibilities, and for those who are responsible for charting and developing its future.”--Sir Brian Urquhart, former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations”[A] fascinating new book” -- Simon Tisdall,Guardian
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyses responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyses the engagement with the UN by all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level.
Main Description
On 1 January 1942, Churchill and Roosevelt issued a 'Declaration by United Nations' with 24 other states. This marked the beginning of the UN in a real and tangible form. Yet today many people have forgotten that the UN was forged in the midst of the confusion and complexity of wartime. How did the armies of the United Nations co'operate in the final years of World War II to contain ? and ultimately reverse ? Nazi expansionism? And when and for what purpose did the UN undertake to tackle the international economic and social challenges, not only of warfare but of a post'war world transformed beyond reconition? Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyses responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level. Arguing that the Allied defeat of Nazism should properly be called a United Nations victory, Dan Plesch has pieced together the full story of how the UN intervened in surprising ways at a pivotal time in European history. America, Hitler and the UN is an important addition to the literature of World War II and essential reading for anyone with an interest in military or diplomatic history or contemporary international relations.
Main Description
On 1 January 1942, Churchill and Roosevelt issued a "Declaration by United Nations with 24 other states. This marked the beginning of the UN in a real and tangible form. Yet today many people have forgotten that the UN was forged in the midst of the confusion and complexity of wartime. How did the armies of the United Nations co-operate in the final years of World War II to contain - and ultimately reverse -- Nazi expansionism? And when and for what purpose did the UN undertake to tackle the international economic and social challenges, not only of warfare but of a post-war world transformed beyond reconition? Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyzes responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level. Arguing that the Allied defeat of Nazism should properly be called a United Nations victory, Dan Plesch has pieced together the full story of how the UN intervened in surprising ways at a pivotal time in European history. America, Hitler and the UN is an important addition to the literature of World War II and essential reading for anyone with an interest in military or diplomatic history or contemporary international relations.
Main Description
On 1 January 1942, Churchill and Roosevelt issued a "Declaration by United Nations with 24 other states. This marked the beginning of the UN in a real and tangible form. Yet today many people have forgotten that the UN was forged in the midst of the confusion and complexity of wartime. How did the armies of the United Nations co-operate in the final years of World War II to contain - and ultimately reverse -- Nazi expansionism? And when and for what purpose did the UN undertake to tackle the international economic and social challenges, not only of warfare but of a post-war world transformed beyond reconition?Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyzes responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level. Arguing that the Allied defeat of Nazism should properly be called a United Nations victory, Dan Plesch has pieced together the full story of how the UN intervened in surprising ways at a pivotal time in European history.America, Hitler and the UN is an important addition to the literature of World War II and essential reading for anyone with an interest in military or diplomatic history or contemporary international relations.
Main Description
On 1 January 1942, Churchill and Roosevelt issued a “Declaration by United Nations with 24 other states. This marked the beginning of the UN in a real and tangible form. Yet today many people have forgotten that the UN was forged in the midst of the confusion and complexity of wartime. How did the armies of the United Nations co-operate in the final years of World War II to contain - and ultimately reverse -- Nazi expansionism? And when and for what purpose did the UN undertake to tackle the international economic and social challenges, not only of warfare but of a post-war world transformed beyond reconition? Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyzes responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level. Arguing that the Allied defeat of Nazism should properly be called a United Nations victory, Dan Plesch has pieced together the full story of how the UN intervened in surprising ways at a pivotal time in European history.America, Hitler and the UNis an important addition to the literature of World War II and essential reading for anyone with an interest in military or diplomatic history or contemporary international relations.
Main Description
On January 1, 1942, Churchill and Roosevelt issued a "Declaration" by United Nations with 24 other states. This marked the beginning of the UN in a real and tangible form. Yet today many people have forgotten that the UN was forged in the midst of the confusion and complexity of wartime. How did the armies of the United Nations co-operate in the final years of World War II to contain - and ultimately reverse -- Nazi expansionism? And when and for what purpose did the UN undertake to tackle the international economic and social challenges, not only of warfare but of a post-war world transformed beyond recognition? Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyzes responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level. Arguing that the Allied defeat of Nazism should properly be called a United Nations victory, Dan Plesch has pieced together the full story of how the UN intervened in surprising ways at a pivotal time in European history. America, Hitler and the UN is an important addition to the literature of World War II and essential reading for anyone with an interest in military or diplomatic history or contemporary international relations.
Table of Contents
List of Photographs and Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
List of Mapsp. xii
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
America before Pearl Harbor: ostrich or owl?p. 11
America goes to war: the creation of the United Nationsp. 31
Weapons for the Allies: Motown goes to Stalingradp. 59
Keeping the Allies together: Casablanca and Tehranp. 75
Justice for war crimes: Auschwitz and Nuremburgp. 101
Post-war relief and reconstruction: UNRRAp. 119
Money and trade: Bretton Woods and Havana - prosperity for all?p. 141
Security: Dumbarton Oaks, Yalta and San Franciscop. 163
Conclusionp. 185
Chronologyp. 188
Glossary of the United Nations in World War IIp. 192
Appendix: Selected Gallup Polls, 1938-45p. 193
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 249
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