A peoples history of world war ii the world s most destructive conflict as told by the people who lived through it new press peoples history marc favreau on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the most destructive war in human history world war ii continues to generate an astonishingly rich trove of historical material. World war ii often abbreviated to wwii or ww2 also known as the second world war was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945 the vast majority of the worlds countries including all the great powers eventually formed two opposing military alliances the allies and the axisa state of total war emerged directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The empire of japan entered world war ii by launching a surprise offensive which opened with the attack on pearl harbor at 748 am hawaiian time 1818 gmt on december 7 1941 over the course of seven hours there were coordinated japanese attacks on the us held philippines guam and wake island and on the british empire in borneo malaya singapore and hong kong. Historian howard zinn critically analyses the conception that world war ii was really a peoples war against fascism as opposed to yet another inter imperialist conflict with nothing to offer working people
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