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Although the Nazis and the Japanese had radically different moral universes from those of their Allied opponents, the Western Allies found themselves aligned with a no less cruel dictatorship after rejecting the option of appeasing aggression. The war was the sum of myriad choices made by governments, communities, and individuals, leading some to enthusiastically embrace evil and others to consciously reject it, with a range of more ambiguously human responses in between. Spanning both major theaters, Moral Combat sheds a revealing light on how entire nations changed under the shock of total war.
Emphasizing the role of the past in making sense of the present, Burleigh’s book offers essential insights into the choices we face today—in some circles it is always 1938 and every aggressor is a new Hitler. If we do go to war, we need to know what it will mean for the individuals who command and fight it. Original, perceptive, and astonishing in scholarship and scope, this is an unforgettable and hugely important work of Second World War history.
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By Ed on 02-12-12
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this is a lesson that has to be learned. we must never be ignorant of the consequence of being vulnerable or the relative cheap consequence of being prepared to vanquish our enemies.if the bquestion is
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the details make the unfathomable more fathomable,yet it still strains the immagination how humans could kill innocent men women and children and go to lunch. It also highlights the utter failure of european christianity not as failing to
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this is a book that simply should be read by every citizen of every state who wants to protect themselves and other people from miscreants and potential miscreants ,who were in the Bloodllands and still exist in every city ,town and village.
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