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Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History

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A groundbreaking historical analysis of indiscriminate bombing, from the 1920s to the present war in Iraq.

You press a button and death flies down. One second, the bomb is hanging harmlessly in your racks, completely under your control. The next it is hurtling down through the air and nothing in your power can revoke what you have done.--Charles Lindbergh

With contributions from scholars from Japan, the United States, and Europe, Bombing Civilians examines a crucial question: why did military planning in the early twentieth century shift its focus from bombing military targets to bombing civilians?

From the British bombing of Iraq in the early 1920s to the most recent conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, Bombing Civilians analyzes in detail the history of indiscriminate bombing, examining the fundamental questions of how this theory justifying mass killing originated and why it was employed as a compelling military strategy for decades, both before and since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book includes major new arguments, such as Japanese historian Tsuyoshi Hasegawa's bold claim that it was the Soviet invasion rather than the atomic bombs that compelled the Japanese to surrender in the Pacific War.

Combining historical and contemporary analysis, Bombing Civilians makes an important argument about international law and the morality of war.

With contributions from:, Tony Coady, Helen Durham, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Tetsuo Maeda, Tim McCormack, Robert Moeller, Mark Selden, Ron Schafer, Michael Sherry.

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Bombing Civilians examines a crucial question: why did military planning in the early twentieth century shift its focus from bombing military targets to bombing civilians? From the British bombing of Iraq in the early 1920s to the most recent policies in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, Bombing Civilians analyzes in detail the history of indiscriminate bombing, examining the fundamental questions of how this theory justifying mass killing originated and why it was employed as a compelling military strategy for decades, both before and since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

About the Author

Marilyn B. Young is a professor of history at New York University. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow; is the author of numerous books, including The Vietnam Wars, 1945–1990; and co-edited Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam (The New Press). Yuki Tanaka is Research Professor at Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University. Since the mid-1980s he has been concentrating his research on war crimes and is the author of several books, including Japans Comfort Women and Hidden Horrors.

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ISBN:
9781595585479
Author:
Tanaka, Yuki (edt)
Publisher:
New Press
Editor:
Tanaka, Yuki
Editor:
Young, Marilyn B.
Author:
Young, Marilyn B.
Author:
Tanaka, Yuki
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Military-Strategy Tactics and Deception
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Aviation History
History and Social Science » Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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Bombing Civilians examines a crucial question: why did military planning in the early twentieth century shift its focus from bombing military targets to bombing civilians? From the British bombing of Iraq in the early 1920s to the most recent policies in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, Bombing Civilians analyzes in detail the history of indiscriminate bombing, examining the fundamental questions of how this theory justifying mass killing originated and why it was employed as a compelling military strategy for decades, both before and since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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