Dynamic of Destruction : Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War Paperback / softback
Part of the Making of the Modern World series
On 26 August 1914 the world-famous university library in the Belgian town of Louvain was looted and destroyed by German troops.
The international community reacted in horror - 'Holocaust at Louvain' proclaimed the Daily Mail - and the behaviour of the Germans at Louvain came to be seen as the beginning of a different style of war, without the rules that had governed military conflict up to that point - a more total war, in which enemy civilians and their entireculture were now 'legitimate' targets.
Yet the destruction at Louvain was simply one symbolic moment in a wider wave of cultural destruction and mass killing that swept Europe in the era of the First World War.
Using a wide range of examples and eye-witness accounts from across Europe at this time, award-winning historian Alan Kramer paints 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 theenemy's civilian population.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 450 pages, 33 black and white haltones and 5 maps
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 06/11/2008
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780199543779