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Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War [NOOK Book]

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On 26 August 1914 the world-famous university library in the Belgian town of Louvain was looted and destroyed by German troops. The international community reacted in horror - 'Holocaust at Louvain' proclaimed the Daily Mail - and the behaviour of the Germans at Louvain came to be seen as the beginning of a different style of war, without the rules that had governed military conflict up to that point - a more ...
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Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War

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Overview

On 26 August 1914 the world-famous university library in the Belgian town of Louvain was looted and destroyed by German troops. The international community reacted in horror - 'Holocaust at Louvain' proclaimed the Daily Mail - and the behaviour of the Germans at Louvain came to be seen as the beginning of a different style of war, without the rules that had governed military conflict up to that point - a more total war, in which enemy civilians and their entire culture were now
'legitimate' targets.

Yet the destruction at Louvain was simply one symbolic moment in a wider wave of cultural destruction and mass killing that swept Europe in the era of the First World War. Using a wide range of examples and eye-witness accounts from across Europe at this time, award-winning historian Alan Kramer paints a picture of an entire continent plunging into a chilling new world of mass mobilization, total warfare, and the celebration of nationalist or ethnic violence - often directed expressly at the
enemy's civilian population.
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Editorial Reviews

Simon Sebag Montefiore
This stimulating, scholarly and shrewd book is as rich in original ideas and accounts of unfamiliar aspects of World War I as it is energetic in its revisionism.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191580116
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 7/12/2007
  • Series: Making of the Modern World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Kramer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History and fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-author of German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x

List of Maps xii

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Burning of Louvain 6

2 The Radicalization of Warfare 31

3 The Warriors 69

4 German Singularity? 114

5 Culture and War 159

6 Trench Warfare and its Consequences 211

7 War, Bodies, and Minds 230

8 Victory, Trauma, and Post-War Disorder 268

Conclusion 328

Historiographical Note 339

Appendix Hague Convention (IV) Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907) 347

Notes 349

Bibliography 394

Sources and Acknowledgements for Illustrations 416

Index 419

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