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German Historians and the Bombing of German Cities: The Contested Air War
 

German Historians and the Bombing of German Cities: The Contested Air War (Hardback, 0)

By Benda-Beckmann, DR. Bas Von

Strategic bombardments, either aimed explicitly at civilians or deployed in circumstances where extensive civilian deaths are written off as collateral damage or accidental, are becoming increasingly common. This book shows how European colonial powers, notably Britain, initiated... aerial bombardment of civilians after World War I, and during World War II. In the 1920s, the RAF bombed Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Somaliland, Transjordan, Iraq, South West Africa, India and Burma, to terrify the colonies into submission. Similarly, the French bombed Morocco and Syria, the Italians bombed Libya, Ethiopia and Spain, and the USA bombed Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and China. In the Korean War, US and British forces killed 20% of Korea's people. As one of the major symbols of German suffering, the Allied bombing left a strong imprint on German society. To a much wider extent than is often claimed, the bombings became part of German debates. In both the GDR and the Federal Republic before and after 1990, the air war became a topic of public and political interest as well as the subject of many historical accounts. Like many sensitive topics, the moral and historical interpretation of the Allied bombings was always fundamentally contested. Bas von Benda-Beckmann analyzes the German historiography of the Allied bombings since 1945. He explores how German historical accounts reflected debates on post-war German identity, and whether the history of the air war formed a counter-narrative against the idea that the Germans as a collective were guilty of the Nazi crimes.
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ISBN 9789089647818
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
Format Hardback, 0
Series War, Conflict and Genocide Studies (part: 1)
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ISBN-13 9789089647818
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
Imprint Amsterdam University Press
Publication Country Netherlands Netherlands
Format Hardback, 0
Edition 0th
Author(s) By Benda-Beckmann, DR. Bas Von
Series War, Conflict and Genocide Studies (part: 1)
Category World History: From C 1900 -
World History: Second World War
European History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 940.54213
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Bombing, Aerial - History - Germany, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, British, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, American, Historians - Germany, Germany - History - Historiography - 1933-1945
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade;General/trade

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