Apologies for the lack of posts of late. I’ve been focusing on finishing a conference paper, and have had little time for anything else apart from shovelling vast amounts of snow. I did, however, manage to find a few seconds to scan the cover of the next book on my Russia shelf – Evan Mawdsley’s history of the war between Germany and the USSR, 1941-1945. I would recommend this to anybody looking for a one-volume, English-language study of the war. Mawdsley concludes that the German invasion of the Soviet Union was doomed from the start. Germany did not have sufficient resources to win the war in a single campaign, and after December 1941 was economically outmatched by the Soviets and their Western allies.