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Unformatted text preview: not have. “Merchants of Death” pushed FDR to enter war. • Avoiding Extremes (1980s): FDR’s guiding principle is to protect the U.S. from Germany. FDR hesitated but did what he could given operational limitations. Historiography of WWII • There are over 70,000 books on WWII. • Most focus on one of three major themes: diplomacy , home front , or military . • Three central questions run through the historiography: – Was FDR the central figure? – Was WWII the “good war?” – Does WWII represent watershed or continuity? • What are Blum’s answers to these three questions?...
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- Spring '09
- World War II