Collateral Damage: Americans, Noncombatant Immunity, and Atrocity after World War II

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-03-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Everyday on the news, we hear tallies of how many Iraqis were killed the previous day in America's current war in Iraq. Most of these victims are not soldiers, and have nothing to do with the war--they are just innocent civilians, caught in the cross-fire. They are the war's "collateral damage." This book is a history of America's attempt to reconcile the atrocity of modern warfare, only realized after WWII and the development of the atomic bomb, with the idea that killing innocent civilians was off-limits and not justified to win a war. Conway-Lanz considers both policy makers' responses to the issues, as well as the on-going debate by the public on their perceptions of war violence against civilians, starting after WWII for the most complete examination of modern American discourse on this topic.

Author Biography

Sahr Conway-Lanz is a historian and archivist. He holds a Ph.D. in the history of American foreign relations from Harvard University

Table of Contents

Modern War and Mass Killing
The ``Revolt of the Admirals'' and the Limits of Mass Destruction
The Hydrogen Bomb and the Limits of Noncombatant Immunity
A ``Limited'' War in Korea
Taming the Bomb
Korean Refugees and Warnings
The Thermonuclear Challenge
An Uneasy Reconciliation
Select Bibliography 231(6)
Notes 237(36)
Index 273

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