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This tightly argued and profoundly thought provoking book tackles a huge subject: the coming of the nuclear age with bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, and the ways in which it has changed our lives since. Dr Heuser sets these events in their historical context and tackles key issues about the effect of nuclear weapons on modern attitudes to conflict, and on the ethics of warfare. Ducking nothing, she demystifies the subject, seeing `the bomb' not as something unique and paralysing, but as an integral part of the strategic and moral context of our time. For a wide multidisciplinary and general readership.


D.B.G. Heuser


List of Figures lX
List of Tables x
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1
1. A Turning Point of World War II? 7
A turning point in World War II 8
Was the bombing necessary? 19
The suffering of the victims 24
2. A Turning Point in Strategy? 35
Air strategy until 1945 35
Air strategy in practice since World War II 65
Nuclear strategies 85
3. A Turning Point in the Development of
'Total War'? 102
Definitions of 'total war' and the link with
totalitarianism 104
Have any wars prior to World War II been
Total Wars? 114
The war aims of the major powers in World War II 119
Conclusions: What is the relationship between
nuclear war and Total War? 131
4. A Turning Point in the Thinking about the
Morality Of War? 135
Immorality of war 136
Pacifism before the nineteenth century 139
From the wars of the French Revolution to
World War I 143
Socialist opposition to nationalist wars 145
Pacifism in the inter-war period 147
Hiroshima and Nagasaki 154
Peace movements directed by the USSR since 1945:
from political tool to political self-destruction 158
Anti-nuclear protests in Protestant cultures 162
War, nuclear weapons and non-Protestant cultures 175
Conclusion 189
5. A Turning Point in the History of Warfare and
Inter-societal Relations? 192
Human history and the history of warfare 193
Societal and cultural-ideological causes of war 207
Conclusions 222
Useful Further Reading 224


Titel: Bomb
Untertitel: Nuclear Weapons in their Historical, Strategic and Ethical Context
EAN: 9781317886785
ISBN: 978-1-317-88678-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 248
Veröffentlichung: 25.09.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch