Firestorm: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945

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Firestorm assembles a cast of distinguished scholars to review the origins, conduct, and consequences of the World War II U.S. and British raids on Dresden. Here is a panoramic reassessment of the evidence and the issues, including the question of whether the bombing of the city constitutes a war crime. Firestorm cogently demonstrates the reasons why Dresden has come to symbolize the military and ethical questions involved in the waging of total war.

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Overview

Firestorm assembles a cast of distinguished scholars to review the origins, conduct, and consequences of the World War II U.S. and British raids on Dresden. Here is a panoramic reassessment of the evidence and the issues, including the question of whether the bombing of the city constitutes a war crime. Firestorm cogently demonstrates the reasons why Dresden has come to symbolize the military and ethical questions involved in the waging of total war.

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Editorial Reviews

Bbc History
Unashamedly sober and scientific, providing a welcome dose of objectivity.
Military Illustrated
An outstanding book on a subject that will simply not go away.
— Gary Sheffield
Journal Of Military History
Perhaps the most rewarding of the many books written about the Dresden bombing...Short, easy to read, and of great value.
— Clayton, Anthony
BBC History
Unashamedly sober and scientific, providing a welcome dose of objectivity.
Journal of Military History
Perhaps the most rewarding of the many books written about the Dresden bombing...Short, easy to read, and of great value.
— Anthony Clayton
Military Illustrated - Gary Sheffield
An outstanding book on a subject that will simply not go away.
Journal of Military History - Anthony Clayton
Perhaps the most rewarding of the many books written about the Dresden bombing...Short, easy to read, and of great value.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Invaluable context and perspectives...consistently thought–provoking....
Times Literary Supplement
Invaluable context and perspectives...consistently thought–provoking....
Times Literary Supplement
Invaluable context and perspectives...consistently thought-provoking.
Military Illustrated
An outstanding book on a subject that will simply not go away.
BBC History
Unashamedly sober and scientific, providing a welcome dose of objectivity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637138
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 11/25/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,539,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Addison is an Honorary Fellow in the School of History and Classics at the University of Edinburgh where he was from 1996 to 2005 Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies. His most recent book isChurchill: The Unexpected Hero (2005). Jeremy A. Crang is senior Lecturer in History and Assistant Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author ofThe British Army and the People's War 1939-45 (2000) and co-editor (with Paul Addison) ofThe Burning Blue: A New History of the Battle of Britain (2000).

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Table of Contents

1 Strategic bombing and the question of civilian casualties up to 1945 1
2 The Dresden raids : why and how 18
3 The city under attack 62
4 Victor Klemperer's Dresden 78
5 Wartime reactions 96
6 The post-war debate 123
7 The reconstruction of the city's historic monuments 143
8 Why Dresden matters 161
9 Dresden as a war crime 180
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