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Moral combat : good and evil in World War II

Author: Michael Burleigh
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Book club edView all editions and formats
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British historian Burleigh (Blood Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism) delivers a long, riveting account of the awful atrocities of WWII and the perverted reasoning behind them. Burleigh explains that Communist, Nazi, Fascist, and Japanese systems claimed to be regimes of public virtue carrying out inexorable historical processes. Proclaiming that the only evil was obstructing this march to utopia, they discarded  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Burleigh
ISBN: 9780060580971 0060580976
OCLC Number: 752148497
Notes: Originally published under title: Moral combat. London : HarperPress, 2010.
Description: xxi. 650 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The predators --
Appeasement --
Brotherly enemies --
The rape of Poland --
Trampling the remains --
Not losing: Churchill's Britain --
Under the swastika: Nazi occupied Europe --
Barbarossa --
Global war --
The resistance --
Moral calculus --
Beneath the mask of command --
Antagonistic allies --
'We were savages': combat soldiers --
Massacring the innocents --
Journeys through night --
Observing an avalanche --
Tenuous altruism --
'The King's thunderbolts are righteous': RAF Bomber Command --
Is that Britain? No, it's Brittany --
The predators at bay.
Responsibility: Michael Burleigh.

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British historian Burleigh (Blood Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism) delivers a long, riveting account of the awful atrocities of WWII and the perverted reasoning behind them. Burleigh explains that Communist, Nazi, Fascist, and Japanese systems claimed to be regimes of public virtue carrying out inexorable historical processes. Proclaiming that the only evil was obstructing this march to utopia, they discarded the rule of law and alternative moral authority (religion, ethics).

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