Guernica and Total War / Edition 1

Guernica and Total War / Edition 1

by Ian Patterson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674024842

ISBN-13: 9780674024847

Pub. Date: 04/26/2007

Publisher: Harvard

One of the most horrific innovations of the twentieth century was the deliberate strategy of total warfare--the obliteration of entire civilian populations. The first and in many ways the most striking use of this extreme measure came nearly 70 years ago when the ancient Basque hilltop town of Guernica was destroyed by the bombs of the German Condor.

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Overview

One of the most horrific innovations of the twentieth century was the deliberate strategy of total warfare--the obliteration of entire civilian populations. The first and in many ways the most striking use of this extreme measure came nearly 70 years ago when the ancient Basque hilltop town of Guernica was destroyed by the bombs of the German Condor.

Ian Patterson begins with a graphic account of what happened in Guernica on April 26, 1937, and its place in the course of the Spanish Civil War. This event focused the spotlight of media attention on the town of Guernica, and established Picasso's painting as the most famous modern image of the horrors of war. Yet Picasso's Guernica was only one of a huge number of cultural artifacts--paintings, films, novels, poems, plays--to explore the idea of indiscriminate death from the air. From the Blitz to Hiroshima to the destruction of the World Trade Center to daily carnage in Darfur and Iraq, war has been increasingly directed against civilians, who constitute an ever larger proportion of its casualties. Patterson explores how modern men and women respond to the threat of new warfare with new capacities for imagining aggression and death. An unflinching history of the locationless terror that so many people feel today, Guernica and Total War will engage anyone interested in the survival of cultures amid the disasters of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024847
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/26/2007
Series:
Profiles in History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Map

Introduction

1. 'Guernika's thermite rain'

2. Civilisation and its discontents

3. War begins at home

Epilogue

Further Reading

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Index

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