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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 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2010)
ISBN 978-1-78238-671-1 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (July 2014)
eISBN 978-1-84545-844-7 eBook
“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).
Part I: The bombing
Chapter 1. The bombing campaign: the RAF
Stephen A. Garrett
Chapter 2. The bombing campaign: the USAAF
Chapter 3. Under the bombs
Earl R. Beck
Chapter 4. Firestorm
Part II: The moral issues
Chapter 5. Can the bombing be morally justified?
Chapter 6. Four types of mass murderer: Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Truman
Chapter 7. Was it genocidal?
Eric Markusen and David Kopf
Part III: The debates
Chapter 8. The British debate
Chapter 9. The German debate
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