Thought this might be an interesting topic to run in conjunction with the continuing education of a historiographical buffoon thread. Thought urqh raised an interesting point when he said: This comment was a great thought provoker. As well as speaking to the greater context of the war, it provided a great question to test my own (Brit) cultural biases towards the war against. Pointing no fingers, it annoys me to see a start date of 1941. Do the Chinese get similarly annoyed with a 1939 date and is there a case for including 1937 or even 1931 into proceedings? Was Foch right with his "this is not a peace, it is a 20 year armistice" quote? As if that wasn't enough would anyone make a case that the war did not end on VJ day? I understand this is massive. It is a parchment to marshal my own thoughts as much as ask for contributions. I did do a search and couldn't find a thread. My apologies if i missed it. EDIT: Go read book X with your choice of insult would also be acceptable.