Joe Maiolo. Cry Havoc: The Arms Race and the Second World War, 1931-1941. London: John Murray, 2010. This was an automatic buy when I saw it on the new releases shelf. An arms race dynamic driving the great powers to war is a more familiar description of the period before the First World War than the Second, despite all the volumes on rearmament in the 1930s; it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Mark Mazower. Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe. London: Allen Lane, 2008. It's about time I picked up some Mazower (and at $15 I couldn't say no). Here he places the German occupation of Europe between 1939 and 1945 in the context of European imperialism -- the last great example of it, in fact. This kind of analysis might be a more convincing way into the idea that strategic bombing had something to do with race and imperialism than Sven Lindqvist's approach.

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