Every semester there is an inflood of students looking for reference sources on World War II, so it seemed a good idea to create a series of blog posts that would highlight not only some of the more widely used resources but also several of the highly specific ones available to students and researchers wishing to know more about that time.
Part one in this series is The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II. It is one of the most widely used resources for students who are wishing to learn more about the effects of the war at home—what was going on in politics, in the theater, or on the baseball diamond. It is also full of biographical sketches, of everyone from Winston Churchill to Billie Holiday. Each entry is followed by a brief bibliography, to help point researchers to more information. The third volume is useful for anyone looking for primary resources, such as the text of the Neutrality Act of 1939 or of Churhill’s famous Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat speech. The third volume also contains chronologies and extensive bibliographies for both World Wars.
All in all a great resource for undergraduates and for anyone looking for a good general overview of the period.