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Terror From the Sky

The Bombing of German Cities in World War II

Edited by Igor Primoratz

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-687-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 2010)

ISBN  978-1-78238-671-1 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (July 2014)

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“Terror from the Sky raises a number of interesting questions about the often overlooked practical and moral implications of the Allied bombing of Germany. It draws our attention to the morally contentious aspects of the campaign and explains why this subject has received so little attention up until now.  ·  English Historical Review

“This is an interesting, informative, and important work. Overall, the quality of the essays is very high, and the focus of the book is on a topic of great importance.”  ·  Stephen Nathanson, Northeastern University

In this first interdisciplinary study of this contentious subject, leading experts in politics, history, and philosophy examine the complex aspects of the terror bombing of German cities during World War II. The contributors address the decision to embark on the bombing campaign, the moral issues raised by the bombing, and the main stages of the campaign and its effects on German civilians as well as on Germany’s war effort. The book places the bombing campaign within the context of the history of air warfare, presenting the bombing as the first stage of the particular type of state terrorism that led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and brought about the Cold War era “balance of terror.” In doing so, it makes an important contribution to current debates about terrorism. It also analyzes the public debate in Germany about the historical, moral, and political significance of the deliberate killing of up to 600,000 German civilians by the British and American air forces. This pioneering collaboration provides a platform for a wide range of views—some of which are controversial—on a highly topical, painful, and morally challenging subject.

Igor Primoratz is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. His publications include Banquos Geist: Hegels Theorie der Strafe (Bouvier, 1986), Justifying Legal Punishment (Humanities Press, 1989, 1997), and Ethics and Sex (Routledge, 1999), and a number of edited books, including Terrorism: The Philosophical Issues (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Civilian Immunity in War (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Subject: WWII History
Area: Germany

LC: D785.T47 2010

BL: YC.2011.a.9441

BISAC: HIS027100 HISTORY/Military/World War II; HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century

BIC: HBWQ Second World War; HBJD European history




Contents

Contributors

Introduction
Igor Primoratz

Part I: The bombing

Chapter 1. The bombing campaign: the RAF
Stephen A. Garrett

Chapter 2. The bombing campaign: the USAAF
Douglas Lackey

Chapter 3. Under the bombs
Earl R. Beck

Chapter 4. Firestorm
Martin Middlebrook

Part II: The moral issues

Chapter 5. Can the bombing be morally justified?
Igor Primoratz

Chapter 6. Four types of mass murderer: Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Truman
Douglas Lackey

Chapter 7. Was it genocidal?
Eric Markusen and David Kopf

Part III: The debates

Chapter 8. The British debate
Mark Connelly

Chapter 9. The German debate
Lothar Kettenacker

Index

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