Among the Dead Cities

Among the Dead Cities

The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan

Book - 2006
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Britain and the USA carried out a massive bombing offensive against the cities of Germany and Japan in the course of the Second World War, which ended with the destruction of Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was the bombing of civilian targets justified by the necessities of war? Or was it, in fact, a crime against humanity? How should we, the descendants of the Allies who won the victory in that war, reply to the moral challenge of the descendants of those whose cities were targeted? A. C. Grayling looks at the stands people took, both for and against, and crucially asks what the lessons are that we can learn for today about how people should behave in a world of tension and moral confusion, of terrorism and fragile democracies. Among the Dead Cities is both a lucid and revealing work of modern history and an investigation of conscience into one of the last remaining controversies of that time.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2006
ISBN: 9780747586036
Branch Call Number: 940.544973 GRA
Characteristics: xii, 361 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Sep 04, 2012

A review of the allied bombing campaigns from a moral philosophical perspective. In the first part of the book, Grayling provides a succinct and balanced review of the history of the bombing campaign and the theories underpinning strategic bombing. In the last part, he reviews the moral-philosophical arguments in favour and against strategic bombing that targets civilians. Overall, a worthwhile read from both the historical and philosophical perspectives.

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