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Dynamic of Destruction : Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War, Paperback / softback Book

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
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  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780199543779



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