Moral Combat : Good and Evil in World War II

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Pub. Date: 1900-01-01
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Summary

In this sweepingly ambitious history, Michael Burleigh explores the moral sentiments of the societies and leaders of World War II, brilliantly revealing how their attitudes motivated the conflict?and how they were ultimately transformed by the shock of total war. Burleigh's painstaking scholarship and profound sensibility reveal how the choices made by governments, communities, and individuals to enthusiastically embrace evil, to consciously reject it, or to determinedly overlook the war's moral quandaries were critical factors in a conflict that grew to consume the globe. Spanning both major theaters and a wide spectrum of issues, from the Axis "predators" to the Allied appeasement, from the rape of Poland to the complexities of reparation, Moral Combatilluminates how the war was driven by?and decided by?this deadly conflict of philosophies. Original, perceptive, and astonishing in scholarship and scope, this is an unforgettable and hugely important work of Second World War history.

Author Biography

Michael Burleigh is the author of Sacred Causes, Blood and Rage, and The Third Reich: A New History, for which he was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementp. vii
Mapsp. xiii
The Predatorsp. 1
Appeasementp. 35
Brotherly Enemiesp. 76
The Rape of Polandp. 115
Trampling the Remainsp. 134
Not Losing: Churchill's Britainp. 158
Under the Swastika: Nazi Occupied Europep. 190
Barbarossap. 221
Global Warp. 253
The Resistancep. 268
Moral Calculusp. 287
Beneath the Mask of Commandp. 311
Antagonistic Alliesp. 334
'We were Savages': Combat Soldiersp. 360
Massacring the Innocentsp. 394
Journeys through Nightp. 419
Observing an Avalanchep. 443
Tenuous Altruismp. 463
'The King's Thunderbolts are Righteous': RAP Bomber Commandp. 478
Is That Britain?-No, It's Brittanyp. 506
The Predators at Bayp. 533
List of Illustrationsp. 563
Notesp. 567
Select Bibliographyp. 603
Indexp. 623
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