Dynamic of Destruction Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In the final week of August 1914, German occupying troops torched the medieval city of Louvain in Belgium, slaughtering hundreds of civilians and deliberately destroying its cultural heritage, including its world-famous university library.

Author Biography

Alan Kramer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History and fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-author of German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. x
List of Mapsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Burning of Louvainp. 6
The Radicalization of Warfarep. 31
The Warriorsp. 69
German Singularity?p. 114
Culture and Warp. 159
Trench Warfare and its Consequencesp. 211
War, Bodies, and Mindsp. 230
Victory, Trauma, and Post-War Disorderp. 268
Conclusionp. 328
Historiographical Notep. 339
Hague Convention (IV) Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907)p. 347
Notesp. 349
Bibliographyp. 394
Sources and Acknowledgements for Illustrationsp. 416
Indexp. 419
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