Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War

Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War

by Alan Kramer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199543771

ISBN-13: 9780199543779

Pub. Date: 01/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In the final week of August 1914, German occupying troops torched the medieval city of Louvain in Belgium, slaughtering hundreds of civilians and deliberately destroying its cultural heritage, including its world-famous university library.

Overview

In the final week of August 1914, German occupying troops torched the medieval city of Louvain in Belgium, slaughtering hundreds of civilians and deliberately destroying its cultural heritage, including its world-famous university library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199543779
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Series:
Making of the Modern World
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
829,695
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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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