World War II Lecture #3: The New World War (July 1941 – March 1942)


Momentous fights with the Soviet Union and the United States made World War II a truly global conflict. Germany invaded the Soviet Union — their former ally — on June 22, 194. The Japanese navy attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Follow along as Victor Davis Hanson revisits the ego-driven, strategically flawed thinking that inspired these two decisions.

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The enormity of World War II in history is staggering. It encompassed 17 different wars, included conflict on every continent, and led to three great holocausts in Germany, China and Russia. Fifty million to 70 million people were killed, more than in any other war or any other event in European history since the Bubonic plague. “World War II permeates history in the 20th century, and it permeates the past, present and future of Western civilizations,” says Victor Davis Hanson. Explore the war through his insights in our six-part lecture series.


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