Advance to Barbarism: The Development of Total Warfare from Sarajevo to Hiroshima

 
9781493773503: Advance to Barbarism: The Development of Total Warfare from Sarajevo to Hiroshima
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Who started the mass bombing of civilians in World War II? This book proves, with clinical detail, that it was the Allies, and not the Germans, who started the “blitz” and once underway, carried it to the most extreme murderous ends. To add insult to injury, at the end of the war, the Allies then arrested German military leaders and put them on show trials for responding to these Allied-initiated atrocities. The author, a legally-trained expert, shows how European conflicts prior to 1939 had an unwritten agreement to avoid involving civilians in warfare and gives several historical examples where victors exercised non-vindictive restraint in dealing with the vanquished. This code of conduct, however, vanished in an orgy of hatred in the 1939–1945 conflict, particularly with the deliberate Allied bombing of civilian, non-military areas of cities. Veale is meticulous in his arguments and cites cabinet meeting transcripts, memoirs of those involved in the decision-making, and many other sources to prove that the British and Americans were the first and the best at killing innocent civilians—and that if there had been any justice at Nuremberg, the accused would have included the Allied leaders as well. He points out that an appalling precedent had been set by the Nuremberg Trials, for the judgments meant that in any future war the admirals, generals and air marshals of the defeated side could expect to be condemned to death for obeying the orders of their government. In addition, the prosecutors were judge and jury in their own cases. Frederick J. Veale (died 1976) was a professional soldier, a prolific writer, and a regular contributor to the famous Nineteenth Century and After monthly review. In addition to articles on economic and historical subjects, Frederick Veale wrote Lives of Lenin (1932) and Frederick the Great (1935). Cover images: Black and white image: German civilians, killed in the mass bombing raids on Dresden, February 1945, heaped up for cremation. Color image: The present-day memorial on the same site in the city. The writing reads: “This is a place of admonition, of remembrance and commemoration, where the bodies of thousands of victims of the air raids of the 13th and 14th February, 1945, were cremated. At that time, the horrors of war, in Germany and all over the world, came into our city.” Contents Foreword by The Very Rev. William Ralph Inge Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Lord Hankey Author’s Introduction Chapter 1 — Primeval Simplicity Chapter 2 — Organized Warfare Chapter 3 — Europe’s Civil Wars Chapter 4 — Civilized Warfare (The First Phase) Chapter 5 — Civilized Warfare (The Second Phase) Chapter 6 — The Splendid Decision Chapter 7 — The Nuremberg Trials Chapter 8 — The Last Phase Postscript Bibliography Footnotes Index

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Frederick John Partington Veale (1897-1976) was an influential twentieth-century English historian.

A prolific writer, Veale was a regular contributor to The Nineteenth Century and After, a respected British monthly review. In addition to articles on economic and historical questions, he wrote four books, including The Man from the Volga: A Life of Lenin (1932), Frederick the Great (1935), and Crimes Discreetly Veiled (1958).

For years he lived in Brighton, England, where he also worked as a solicitor (attorney).

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