The Long Shadow of World War II

The Legacy of the War and its Impact on Political and Military Thinking since 1945

Experts analyse the impact of World War II on individual countries and regions, and how its legacy continues to shape political and military thinking.
Date Published :
July 2021
Publisher :
Casemate Academic
Editor :
Matthias Strohn
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781952715020
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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2020 marks 75 years since the end of World War II, yet even as the war slips from living memory, its legacies continue to influence current political and military thinking. This anthology will analyse these legacies for a number of countries and regions including China, Russia, the United States, the Near East, and Germany illustrating in detail how World War II is not merely a historical event, but a defining moment for current military and political thinking around the globe. This book will therefore be of interest for those interested in history, but also political and military decision makers, and followers of current political and military affairs.

About The Author

Matthias Strohn, MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS, is Head of Historical Analysis at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, the British Army’s strategic think tank, Visiting Professor of Military Studies at the University of Buckingham, and a member of the academic faculty at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Matthias was educated at the universities of Münster (Germany) and Oxford. He holds a commission in the German Army and is a member of the military attaché reserve, having served on the defense attaché staffs in London, Paris and Madrid. Prior to this, he served as Military History Instructor at the German Staff College in Hamburg. He deployed to Iraq (with the British Army) and Afghanistan (with both the British Army and the German Bundeswehr). Matthias has published widely on 20th-century German and European military history; he has authored and edited 14 books and numerous articles.


Foreword CGS
Introduction: Dr Matthias Strohn
France: Prof Olivier Schmitt
Poland: Dr Paul Latawski
Baltic States: Dr James Corum
Austria and the Balkans: Prof Lothar Höbelt
Germany: Dr Matthias Strohn
USA: Dr Timothy Bird
China: Prof Kerry Brown
Russia: Pavel Baev
Denmark: Dr Niels Poulsen
UK: Prof Niall Barr
Africa: Prof Richard Reid
Netherlands: Prof Jan Hoffenaar
Near East: Prof Mike Neiberg
Conclusion: Maj Gen Dr Andrew Sharpe


"The accuracy of the accounts and analysis makes this a valuable resource not only for historians but also for international political analysts."

- Journal of Military History

"...offers readers an original and provocative tour d'horizon of the effects of [WW2] on the political and military thinking of many states around the world."

- Michigan War Studies Review

"This thought-provoking book provides policy makers, senior military leaders, and the general reader alike with an easy-to-understand analysis of how the collective memories of World War II continue to influence international and regional relations between states."

- Military Review

"As with any compilation work, the tone and style of the writing changes between authors with each new chapter. However, the various approaches create a harmonious narrative akin to an experienced jazz band, where each musician enjoys his/her moment in the spotlight while complementing the other players. While no single book can possibly account for every facet of World War II, Long Shadow effectively offers a comprehensive analysis of the war and its continuing importance."

- ARMOR Magazine

"Even though the 'Greatest Generation' will soon be gone, the war’s legacy will still influence those of us who remain. It would be in the best interest that those inheriting this legacy understand it and how it could impact us in the future. This book will undoubtedly help better prepare readers for that end."

- Justin Magula, The Journal of America's Military Past

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