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A World at Total War : Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 - Roger Chickering

A World at Total War

Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945

By: Roger Chickering (Editor), Stig Forster (Editor), Bernd Greiner (Editor)

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Published: 25th November 2010
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Presenting the results of a fifth, and final, conference on the history of total war, this volume is devoted to the Second World War, which many scholars regard as the paradigmatic instance of total war. In considering the validity of this proposition, the contributors address a broad range of analytical problems that this vast conflict posed in its European and Asian theaters. They analyze modes of combat, mobilization of economies and societies, occupation regimes, noncombatant vulnerability, and the legal and moral issues raised by mid-twentieth century industrialized warfare.

Review of the hardback: 'Within the covers of this book is such a wealth of information that it makes it almost compulsory reading for any student of WW2.' Open History

Introduction: are we there yet? World War II and a theory of total war
The Dimension of War:
Total war: the global dimensions of conflict
Total war: the conduct of war, 1939-1945
The ultimate horror: total war and genocide
Combat:
Germany and the Battle of the Atlantic
From 'Blitzkrieg' to 'total war': Germany's war in Europe
Global yet not total: the US war effort and its consequences
Mobilizing Economies:
The USSR and total war: why didn't the Soviet economy collapse?
Blood, sweat, and tears: British mobilization for World War II
The impact of compulsory labor on German society at war
Mobilizing Societies:
Fantasy, reality, and modes of perception in Ludendorff's and Goebbels' concepts of 'total war'
The Home Front in 'total war': women in Germany and Britain in the Second World War
Women in the Soviet war effort
The spirit of St Louis: mobilizing American politics and society 1937-1945
The War against non-Combatants:
Partisan war in the Belorussia, 1941-1944
Allied bombing and the destruction of German cities
'Accidental judgments, casual slaughters': Hiroshima, Nagasaki and total war
Criminal War:
Sexual violence and its prosecution: courts martial of the Wehrmacht
Ideologies of difference and the turn to atrocity: Japan's war on China
On the road to total retribution? The international debate on the punishment of war crimes, 1872-1945
Conclusion:
Some concluding reflections
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ISBN: 9780521155137
ISBN-10: 0521155134
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.59