Program Details

Guided Discussion: Why the Allies Won (and the Axis Lost) World War II

Edward Shapiro

Course Description

In this interactive guided discussion, participants will examine why the Allies won, and the Axis lost World War II. This question has fascinated historians since the end of the war in 1945 and has given rise to many explanations. Each week the discussion will revolve around one pivotal aspect of the war. Space is Limited.


  1. The Fight Against the U-boat
  2. Germany's Strategic Blunders
  3. Mass Production Warfare
  4. Strategic Bombing Campaigns in Europe and the Pacific

About the Instructor

  • Edward Shapiro, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in history from Harvard University and taught American history at Seton Hall University for three decades.  His books include “A Time for Healing: American Jews Since World War II" (1992); “We Are Many: Reflections on American Jewish History and Identity" (2005), “Crown Heights: Blacks, Jews, and the Brooklyn Riot of 1991" (2006), and "A Unique People in a Unique Land: Essays in American Jewish History" (2022). Shapiro has received awards and grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Oxford Center for Jewish Studies, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel.