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An intimate history of killing : face-to-face killing in twentieth century warfare

By: Bourke, Joanna

186207321X / 9781862073210
Paperback
355'.0019
06/03/2000
Stock expected by 10/04/2020
England
20 cm viii, 564p., [8]p. of plates : ill.
postgraduate  Learn More research & professional undergraduate
Reprint. Originally published: 1999.
Shortlisted 2000 Winner H Smith Annual Literary Award

It is almost universally accepted among writers on warfare that battle is a terrible experience, and that men who fight are at the very least sobered, and often deeply traumatized, by the horrors of combat.

Bourke uses the letters, diaries, memoirs and reports of veterans from three conflicts - World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War - to establish a picture of the man-at-arms.

What she suggests is that the structure of war encourages pleasure in killing, and that perfectly ordinary, gentle human beings can become enthusiastic killes without becoming "brutalized".

Bourke forces the reader to face some disconcerting truths about society that can so easliy organize itself for war.

BIC:

HBT History: specific events & topics, JFFE Violence in society, JHBA Social theory, JW Warfare & defence

Prizes:

S 2000 WH Smith Literary Prize
S 2000 W H Smith Annual Literary Award

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