Mirrors of destruction : war, genocide, and modern identity /

This book examines the relationship between total war, state-organized genocide, and the emergence of modern identity. Omer Bartov demonstrates that, in the twentieth century, there have been intimate links between military conflict, mass murder of civilian populations, and the definition and catego...

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Main Author: Bartov, Omer.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series:OUP E-Books.
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Online Access:CONNECT
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Summary:This book examines the relationship between total war, state-organized genocide, and the emergence of modern identity. Omer Bartov demonstrates that, in the twentieth century, there have been intimate links between military conflict, mass murder of civilian populations, and the definition and categorization of groups and individuals. The Holocaust, he argues, can only be understood within the context of the century's predilection to apply systematic and destructive methods to resolve conflicts over identity. His study follows the changing relationships between Jews and non-Jews in France and Germany from the outbreak of World War I to the present. He takes a close look at the glorification of war between 1914-18 and examines the pacifist reaction in interwar France to show how it contributed to a climate of collaboration with dictatorship and mass murder. He also provides detailed analyses of modern apocalyptic visions and pursuits for internal enemies. The book is an important new perspective on some of the most crucial issues of our time.
Physical Description:1 online resource (viii, 302 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-287) and index.
ISBN:0195077237
9780195077230
9780198023982
0198023987
128044259X
9781280442599
9786610442591
6610442592