Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931-1945 (Guest: Richard Overy)

Published August 18, 2022
Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, to discuss his new book, “Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931-1945.” They discuss why the Second World War should be considered the last imperial war, why the war needs to be looked at with a broader, more global perspective, and why it’s protracted, messy aftermath goes far beyond 1945.
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Show Notes:

The Atlantic: Daniel Immerwahr – “A New History of World War II”

The Critic: Rana Mitter – “Truly global view of World War II”

Irish Times: Geoffrey Roberts – “Blood and Ruins: Masterly overview of the ‘long’ second World War”

Literary Hub: Andrew Keen – “Has the Second World War Ended Yet? Richard Overy in Conversation” (AUDIO)

Literary Review: Adam Zamoyski – “The World Ablaze”

New York Times: Josef Joffe – “World War II, Ukraine and the Future of Conflict”

The Times: Saul David – “Blood and Ruins by Richard Overy review — the Second World War began in 1931. Discuss”

Times Literary Supplement: John Darwin – “End of empires”

Wall Street Journal: Michael F. Bishop – “‘Blood and Ruins’ Review: World War II and the Ends of Empires”