Absolute war : Soviet Russia in the Second World War : a modern history

  • London : Pan 2009
Physical description
xxix, 814 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 20 cm.
  • 9780330510042 (pbk.)
  • 0330510045 (pbk.)
  • Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2007.
  • Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index.
  • Flight of the rabid wolf: the long-term impact of the war in the east -- Absolute and total war -- 'A cruel romance': the Nazi-Soviet alliance and Soviet expansion, August to November 1939 -- Further Soviet expansion and cooperation with Germany, November 1939 to June 1941 -- Who planned to attack whom, and how? -- The war's worst-kept secret -- Iron road east: the country, the forces -- Barbarossa unleashed, and the battles of the frontiers -- Kremlin at war -- Winning oneself to death -- Midnight in Moscow -- Black snow -- White night: Leningrad, September 1941 to February 1944 -- The 'Grand Alliance' -- To the edge of the abyss: the worst year - 1942 -- From defence to attack: the Caucasus, Stalingrad and Mars -- Kursk, and a new professionalism -- Destroying the Wehrmacht. Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic: reasserting Soviet control -- Victory -- New world order.
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  • Bibliography
  • History.
  • Illustrated
  • English


  • Chris Bellamy tells the story of the absolute war between the Nazi regime and the Soviets: absolute because both sides aimed to 'exterminate the opponent, to destroy his political existence'. He presents insights into strategic issues as well as research into unopened Russian archives.