Choices under Fire Moral Dimensions of World War II
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Description: World War II was the quintessential “good war.” It was not, however, a conflict free of moral ambiguity, painful dilemmas, and unavoidable compromises. Was the bombing of civilian populations in Germany and Japan justified? Were the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crimes trials legally scrupulous? What is the legacy bequeathed to the world by Hiroshima? With wisdom and clarity, Michael Bess brings a fresh eye to these difficult questions and others, arguing eloquently against the binaries of honor and dishonor, pride and shame, and points instead toward a nuanced reckoning with one of the most pivotal conflicts in human history.
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Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: Evaluating the Second World War: Celebration, Doubt, and Complexity|
|A Wide World of Racisms|
|Causes of the Pacific War: A Longer View on Pearl Harbor|
|Causes of the War in Europe: The Paradoxical Legacy of Munich|
|Bystanders: How Much Is Not Enough?|
|Bombing Civilian Populations: A Case of Moral Slippage|
|Deep Evil and Deep Good: The Concept of Human Nature Confronts the Holocaust|
|Decisions at Midway, 1942: Moral Character As a Factor in Battle|
|Tyranny Triumphant: The Moral Awkwardness of the Alliance with Stalin|
|Kamikaze: Wartime Suicide Attacks in Anthropological Perspective|
|The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Twelve Questions|
|Long-Term Consequences of the War|
|Justice for the Unspeakable? The Enduring Legacy of the War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo|
|Generations Under a Shadow: The Challenge of Peace Since Hiroshima|
|The Politics of Memory: Remembering and Unremembering Wartime|
|Conclusion: What Would Be the Opposite of Hitler's World?|