A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945

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Roger Chickering, Stig Förster, Bernd Greiner
Cambridge University Press, 2005 - History - 392 pages
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This volume presents the results of a fifth and final conference on the history of total war. It is devoted to the Second World War, which many scholars regard as the paradigmatic instance of total war. In considering the validity of this proposition, the authors address a broad range of analytical problems that this vast conflict posed in its European and Asian theaters. They analyze modes of combat, war aims, the mobilization of economies and societies, occupation regimes, the vulnerability of noncombatants, and the legal and moral issues raised by the industrialized warfare of the mid-twentieth century.
 

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Contents

The Dimensions of War
7
Total War The Global Dimensions of Conflict
9
Total War The Conduct of War 19391945
23
The Ultimate Horror Reflections on Total War and Genocide
43
Combat
59
Germany and the Battle of the Atlantic
61
From Blitzkrieg to Total War Germanys War in Europe
79
Global Yet Not Total The U S War Effort and Its Consequences
99
The Home Front in Total War Women in Germany and Britain in the Second World War
197
Women in the Soviet War Effort 19411945
223
The Spirit of St Louis Mobilizing American Politics and Society 19311945
235
The War Against Noncombatants
249
Partisan War in Belomssia 19411944
251
Allied Bombing and the Destruction of German Cities
267
Hiroshima Nagasaki and Total War
287
Criminal War
305

Mobilizing Economies
125
The USSR and Total War Why Didnt the Soviet Economy Collapse in 1942?
127
Blood Sweat and Tears British Mobilization for World War II
147
The Impact of Compulsory Labor on German Society at War
167
Mobilizing Societies
177
Fantasy Reality and Modes of Perception in Ludendorffs and Goebbelss Concepts of Total War
179
Sexual Violence and Its Prosecution by Courts Martial of the Wehrmacht BIRGIT BECK
307
Japans War on China
323
On the Road to Total Retribution? The International Debate on the Punishment of War Crimes 18721945
345
Total War Some Concluding Reflections
365
Index
375
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