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Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945 - Claudia Baldoli

Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945

Paperback Published: 30th June 2011
ISBN: 9781441185686
Number Of Pages: 376

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This is the first book to treat bombing during WWII as a European phenomenon and not just the 'Blitz' on Britain and Germany. With Western Europe now at the heart of a united continent, it is even more difficult to explain how only 70 years ago European states destroyed much of the urban landscape from the air. There were many blitzes between 1940 and 1945 with an estimated 700,000 people killed. The purpose of this book is to provide the basis for a comparison of the experience of western states under the impact of bombing. In particular, it considers the political, cultural and social responses to bombing rather than the military, strategic and social dimensions which have formed the core of the discussion hitherto. This book will correct the popular perception of the British Blitz as the key bombing experience by exposing the reality of life under the bombs for communities as far apart as Brest, Palermo, and Rostock. An international panel of historians consider the issues raised amidst the bombing of human rights and protection of civilians in this seminal event in C20th history.

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
States and Peoples
Wartime Societies and Shelter Politics in National Socialist Germany and Britainp. 23
The Blackout and the Idea of Community in Britain and Germanyp. 43
Evacuation in Italy during the Second World War: Evolution and Managementp. 59
'Relieving Sorrow and Misfortune'? State, Charity Ideology and Aid in Bombed-out France, 1940-1944p. 75
Cultural Responses to Bombing
The Defence of Works of Art from Bombing in Italy during the Second World Warp. 101
'The photograph my skull might take.' Bombs, Time and Photography in British and German Second World War Literaturep. 121
Religion and Bombing in Italy, 1940-1945p. 136
'Defend us from All Perils and Dangers of this Night': Coping with Bombing in Britain during the Second World Warp. 154
Society in the Bombing Warp. 169
The Blitz Experience in British Society 1940-1941p. 171
The Allied Air War and German Societyp. 184
Orchestrated Solidarity: the Allied Air War in France and the Development of Local and State-Organized Solidarity Movementsp. 206
The True Cause of the 'Moral Collapse': People, Fascists and Authorities under the Bombs. Naples and the Countryside, 1940-1944p. 219
Friend or Foe? Popular Perceptions of Bombingp. 239
Anglo-American Air Attacks and the Rebirth of Public Opinion in Fascist Italyp. 241
Muted Applause? British Prisoners of War as Observers and Victims of the Allied Bombing Campaign over Germanyp. 256
Criminals or Liberators? French Public Opinion and the Allied Bombing of France, 1940-1945p. 279
A Comparative Approach to Newsreels and Bombing in the Second World War: Britain, France, Germanyp. 298
Postscriptp. 315
From War Talk to Rights Talk: Exile Politics, Aerial Bombardment and the Construction of the Human Rights Project during the Second World Warp. 317
Editors and Contributorsp. 333
Select Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 356
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ISBN: 9781441185686
ISBN-10: 1441185682
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 30th June 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1