War from above, resistance from below
Publisher: International Socialism
Date Written: 22/06/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19663
A review of Donny Gluckstein (ed), Fighting on all Fronts: Popular Resistance and the Second World War. As Donny Gluckstein points out in the introduction to this book, understanding the nature of the Second World War is fundamental to our understanding of the world today. Liberal and left wing opinion sees it as a war between democracy and fascism, or "progress and reaction" as Eric Hobsbawm described it. This leads some to see the Allies' victory as the straightforward triumph of democracy and ushering in American prosperity for all. For example, the Confederation of German Trade Unions has suggested, without any hint of irony, that workers today should get behind the idea of "a new Marshall plan" as the basis for a "progressive strategy" for the crisis-ridden European Union.