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Moral combat : a history of World War II

Author: Michael Burleigh
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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: 9780007195770 9780060580971 0060580976 000719577X
OCLC Number: 703284351
Notes: Originally published under title: Moral combat. London : HarperPress, 2010.
Description: xxi. 650 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 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.
Other Titles: Moral combat : good and evil in World War II
Responsibility: Michael Burleigh.


A clear, chronological narrative exploring many of the ethical dilemmas posed for real people during and after the Second World War.  Read more...


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'This is Burleigh at his best...a consummate encapsulator, with a masterly grip on an enormous demystifies, and presses on us the moral imperative of self-examination' Independent Read more...

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