Europe at War 1939–1945: No Simple Victory

Europe at War 1939–1945: No Simple Victory
Author Norman Davies
Country United States
Language English
Subject World War II in Europe
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
Media type print
Pages ix+544
ISBN 9780333692851
OCLC 70401618

Europe at War 1939–1945: No Simple Victory is a history book about the World War II in Europe, written by the English historian Norman Davies. Published sixty years after World War II, Davies argues that a number of misconceptions about the war are still common and then sets out to address them. Two of his main claims are that contrary to popular belief in the West, the dominant part of the conflict took place in Eastern Europe between the two totalitarian systems of the century, communism and fascism; and that Stalin's USSR was as bad as Hitler's Germany.[1] The subtitle No Simple Victory does therefore not just refer to the losses and suffering the allies had to endure in order to defeat the enemy, but also the difficult moral choice the Western democracies had to make when allying themselves with one criminal regime in order to defeat another.[2]


  1. Gordon, Philip H. (2007). "Europe at War, 1939-1945: No Simple Victory; Europe East and West". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. Davies, Norman (2006). Europe at War 1939–1945: No Simple Victory. London: Macmillan. pp. 63–67. ISBN 9780333692851. OCLC 70401618.

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