December 1941, By Evan Mawdsley

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When did not just the Second World War, but our postwar condition, truly begin? This compelling history, tight in focus but vast in implication, traces the events of 1-12 December 1941.

In the week of Pearl Harbor, campaigns from the Eastern Front to North Africa and Malaya turned irreversibly in a global direction.

As the Red Army halted the Nazis near Moscow, America joined the war and Japan began to shake the British Empire, the fault-lines of today came into view. Mawdsley is a commanding guide to a pivotal fortnight.