26 May 2015

In cooperation with Amsterdam University Press the NIOD  present German Historians and the Bombing of German Cities. This book is a part of the NIOD serie NIOD Studies on War, Holocaust and Genocide and is written by NIOD researcher Bas von Benda-Beckmann.

Today, strategic aerial bombardments of urban areas that harm civilians, at times intentionally, are becoming increasingly common in global conflicts. This book reveals the history of these tactics as employed by nations that initiated aerial bombardments of civilians after World War I and during World War II. As one of the major symbols of German suffering, the Allied bombing left a strong imprint on German society. Bas von Benda-Beckmann explores in German Historians and the Bombing of German Cities how German historical accounts reflected debates on postwar identity and looks at whether the history of the air war forms a counternarrative against the idea of German collective guilt. Provocative and unflinching, this study offers a valuable contribution to German historiography.

About NIOD Studies on War, Holocaust, and Genocide

This English-language series encompasses peer-reviewed scholarly work on the impact of war, the Holocaust, and genocide on twentieth-century societies, covering a broad range of historical approaches in a global context, and from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

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Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789089647818
Edition: Hardback
Pages: 292
Author: Bas Von Benda-Beckmann