Jeremy Black’s latest book, The World at War, 1914–1945, engages with recent formulations that treat the two World Wars as part of one unified historical dynamic. . . . The strength of the book lies in its challenge to see the period 1914–45 in ways different from how scholars and popular culture normally present it. . . . Whether or not the men of 1942 understood themselves as finishing the work of their fathers in 1915 may, as The World at War, 1914–1945 challenges us to consider, be the wrong question to ask. Instead readers might ask whether they understood the irony that their imperial service represented, in the wider scheme of history, a critical
element in bringing about the end of empires.