ABSTRACT

The only available historical dictionary devoted exclusively to the 1940s, this book offers readers a ready-reference portrait of one of the twentieth century's most tumultuous decades. In nearly 600 concise entries, the volume quickly defines a historical figure, institution, or event, and then points readers to three sources that treat the subject in depth. In selecting topics for inclusion, the editors and authors offer a representative slice of life as contemporaneous Americans saw it - with coverage of people; movements; court cases; and economic, social, cultural, political, military, and technological changes. The book focuses chiefly on the United States, but places American lives and events firmly within a global context.

chapter |430 pages

The Dictionary

chapter |12 pages

Chronology

part |2 pages

Appendices

chapter |1 pages

Benito Mussolini’s War Statement

chapter |1 pages

Ernie Pyle, from Here Is Your War

chapter |2 pages

Wendell L. Willkie, from One World

chapter |6 pages

Text of the Yalta Conference Agreement

chapter |2 pages

George C. Marshall on the Marshall Plan

chapter |2 pages

Selected General Bibliography

chapter |6 pages

About the Contributors

chapter |2 pages

Guide to Contributors’ Entries