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

Paperback | December 1, 2008

byAlan Kramer

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From the Western Front to the Balkans, from Italy to the war in the East, the First World War was the most apocalyptic conflict the world had ever known. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as both "stimulating, scholarly, and shrewd" and "rich in original ideas," Dynamic of Destructionreveals how and why the civilized nations of Europe descended into an unprecedented orgy of destruction. Using a wide range of examples and striking eye-witness accounts from England, France, Germany, and elsewhere, award-winning historian Alan Kramer brings home the reality of the Great War,painting 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. Kramer examines the psychological impact of trench warfare, addressesthe question of German atrocities (were the Germans particularly barbaric, or was savage behavior common on all sides), and offers a disturbing summation of the war's impact on European culture.

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From the Western Front to the Balkans, from Italy to the war in the East, the First World War was the most apocalyptic conflict the world had ever known. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as both "stimulating, scholarly, and shrewd" and "rich in original ideas," Dynamic of Destructionreveals how and why the civilized nations of ...

Alan Kramer is Associate Professor of history at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published widely on German and Italian history in the twentieth century, including (with John Horne) German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial, which won the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History and the 2002 Western Front Association's Norman B. Tom...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Burning of Louvain2. The Radicalization of Warfare3. The Warriors4. German Singularity?5. Culture and War6. Trench Warfare and its Consequences7. War, bodies, and minds8. Victory or trauma?ConclusionHistoriographical NoteBibliography

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"No serious student of the history of the twentieth century can afford to ignore this book." --Jay Winter, author of 'Remembering War'