Moral Combat: A History of World War II (Paperback)Michael Burleigh (author)
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A clear, chronological narrative exploring many of the ethical dilemmas posed for real people during and after the Second World War.
Literature on the Second World War is voluminous. In `Moral Combat', however, Michael Burleigh achieves what few historians can claim to have done; by exploring the moral sentiment of entire societies and their leaders, and how this changed under the impact of total war, he presents readers with an entirely fresh perspective of this conflict.
Opening with the 'predators' - Mussolini, Hitler, Prince Hirohito of Japan - and moving onto appeasement (a popular policy or a 'wrong' policy?), the rape of Poland, Barbarossa, the role of Churchill, and the Holocaust, Burleigh analyses the moral dimension of the Second World War's most important moments. More than merely a history of 'great men', however, Burleigh also examines the moral reasoning of individuals who had to make choices under circumstances difficult to imagine. Stressing the maxim that the past is used to make sense of the present world we live in, he takes us right up to today's war on terror - a war of competing ideas. What, in the end, will constitute its victory? Burleigh's fascinating and deeply engaging exploration refuses to draw lessons from the past for the future, remaining instead firmly focused on the on-the-spot decisions that came to define the conflict.
Original, perceptive and remarkable in scope, this is an unforgettable and hugely important Second World War history.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 40 mm
`This is Burleigh at his best...a consummate encapsulator, with a masterly grip on an enormous literature...it demystifies, and presses on us the moral imperative of self-examination' Independent
`A magnificent moral survey of the Second World War...a long, brilliant, original, opinionated and scholarly meditation on morality as it appeared, or failed to appear, during the last global conflict...Seldom has a study of the past combined such erudition with such exuberance' Guardian
`A powerful and timely book...this is one of the most important books on the Second World War to be published in recent years' Evening Standard
`As always the colour and power of Burleigh's prose is outstanding' Observer
`Burleigh's outstanding book reminds us some things should never be forgotten' Sunday Times
`Michael Burleigh has long been one of our foremost writers on the importance of ethics in history, and in this deeply researched , closely argued and well-written analysis of the moral issues thrown up by the Second World War he has reached the zenith of his career' Sunday Telegraph
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