Cry Havoc by Joseph Maiolo
How the Arms Race Drove the World to War, 1931-1941

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Did the arms race of the 1930s cause the Second World War?

In Cry Havoc, historian Joseph Maiolo shows, in rich and fascinating detail, how the deadly game of the arms race was played out in the decade prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. In this exhaustively researched account, he explores how nations reacted to the moves of their rivals, revealing the thinking of those making the key decisions—Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain, Stalin, Roosevelt—and the dilemmas of democratic leaders who seemed to be faced with a choice between defending their nations and preserving their democratic way of life.

An unparalleled account of an era of extreme political tension, Cry Havoc shows how the interwar arms race shaped the outcome of World War II before the shooting even began.


About Joseph Maiolo

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Joseph Maiolo is senior lecturer in international history in the department of war studies, King's College London. He is the author of The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany, 1933-1939. He has won several awards, including the Julian Corbett Award in Modern Naval History. He lives in London.
Published September 28, 2010 by Basic Books. 503 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Joseph Stalin, for instance, believed that “the ruling classes in Paris and London would soon face the choice of either class war on their own streets or joining forces to strike a spiteful blow against that beacon of proletarian hope, the Soviet Union.” That blow would come from Germany, of cour...

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The varied causes of the arms build-up among the major European powers and Japan after 1931 are meticulously charted in this interesting book by King's College war studies lecturer Joe Maiolo.

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Standard history texts maintain the arms race began after World War II with the arrival of nuclear weapons.

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From the Dreadnoughts in the prelude to the First World War, to the countless SS-20s and Pershings of the Cold War, we are well aware of the insidious role that arms races can play in accelerating history.

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