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Analysis of P.H.M Bell's book The Origins of the Second World War in Europe
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There are many theories as to the origins of World War Two, ranging from Nazi Germany's aggressive expansionism, to the idea that World War Two was not a Second World War at all but simply a continuation of the First World War. The author P.H.M Bell gathers a collection of theories about the causes of World War Two and presents arguments on all sides of the spectrum. While it is clearly evident that Bell interjects his own opinion, all sides are clearly examined. In P.H.M Bell's book The Origins of the Second World War in Europe there is no emphasis on a single person or event, but rather the unstable foundation of Europe left by World War One and the opposing ideologies and expansionist policies of the countries involved.
Bell`s examination of the thirty years war thesis allows an examination of both sides of the argument. Bell insists that regardless of which side is right, both provide insight to the causes of World War Two. In chapter two of part one, Bell describes the Thirty years war thesis. The First World War left many unsolved problems in Europe, as well as great psychological, material and political effects. The
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