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Among the Dead Cities: Is the Targeting of Civilians In War Ever Justified?

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Is it ever right to target civilians in a time of war? Or do the ends sometimes justify the means? The twentieth century - the age of 'total war' - marked the first time that civilian populations came to be seen as legitimate military targets. At this policy's most terrible extreme came the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki but it is an issue that remains relevant today with the needs of the 'War on Terror' used to justify the use of drone strikes. In Among the Dead Cities, A.C. Grayling explores these moral issues in all their complexity with a detailed examination of the Allied bombing of German cities during World War 2. Considering the cases for and against the area bombing and the experiences of the bombed and the bombers, Grayling asks: was the targeting of civilians in Germany a crime? Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series, the book includes a new afterword by the author considering the issues in light of later conflicts up to the present day.

Author: Grayling A.C.
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781472526038
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2014


Picture Credits Maps Preface

1. Introduction: Was It A Crime

2. The Bomber War

3. The Experience of the Bombed

4. The Mind of the Bomber

5. Voices of Conscience

6. The Case Against the Bombing

7. The Defence of Area Bombing

8. Judgement Postscript

Appendix Afterword to the Bloomsbury Revelations Edition




Professor A. C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects, and has written on non-Western philosophy. For several years he wrote columns for the Guardian newspaper and The Times and was the chairman of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

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