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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), Christof Mauch (Editor), David Lazar (Editor)

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This volume presents the results of a fifth and final conference on the history of total war. It 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 authors address a broad range of analytical problems that this vast conflict posed in the arenas of Europe and Asia. They analyze modes of combat, war aims, the mobilization of economies and societies, occupation regimes, the vulnerability of noncombatants, and the legal and moral issues raised by the industrialized warfare of the mid-twentieth century. The volume will be of interest to all students of war and society in the modern era.

'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, 1939âÇô1945
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 1937âÇô1945
The War against non-Combatants
Partisan war in the Belorussia, 1941âÇô1944
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, 1872âÇô1945
Some concluding reflections
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521834322
ISBN-10: 0521834325
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 20th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77