Dynamic of Destruction Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War

ISBN-10: 0199543771
ISBN-13: 9780199543779
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

From the Western Front to the Balkans, from Italy to the war in the East, the First World War was the most apocalyptic conflict the world had ever known. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as both "stimulating, scholarly, and shrewd" and "rich in original ideas," Dynamic of Destruction reveals how and why the civilized nations of Europe descended into an unprecedented orgy of destruction. Using a wide range of examples and striking eye-witness accounts from England, France, Germany, and elsewhere, award-winning historian Alan Kramer brings home the reality of the Great War, painting a picture of an entire continent plunging into a chilling new world of mass mobilization, total warfare, and the celebration of nationalist or ethnic violence--often directed expressly at the enemy's civilian population. Kramer examines the psychological impact of trench warfare, addresses the question of German atrocities (were the Germans particularly barbaric, or was savage behavior common on all sides), and offers a disturbing summation of the war's impact on European culture.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Burning of Louvain
The Radicalization of Warfare
The Warriors
German Singularity?
Culture and War
Trench Warfare and its Consequences
War, Bodies, and Minds
Victory, Trauma, and Post-War Disorder
Conclusion
Historiographical Note
Hague Convention (IV) Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907)
Notes
Bibliography
Sources and Acknowledgements for Illustrations
Index

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