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MORAL COMBAT:
A History of World War II

Michael Burleigh

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by Michael Burleigh

(New York, Harper Collins, 2011)
Paperback: 576 pages
ISBN: 9780007195770
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In Moral Combat Michael Burleigh achieves what few historians can claim to have done; by exploring the moral sentiment of entire societies and their leaders, and how this changed under the impact of total war, he presents readers with an entirely fresh perspective of World War II. Opening with the “predators” – Mussolini, Hitler, Prince Hirohito of Japan – and moving on to appeasement (a popular policy or a “wrong” policy?), the rape of Poland, Barbarossa, the role of Churchill, and the Holocaust, Burleigh analyses the moral dimension of World War II’s most important moments. More than merely a history of “great men”, however, the book also examines the moral reasoning of individuals who had to make choices under circumstances difficult to imagine. Stressing the maxim that the past is used to make sense of the present, he takes us right up to today’s war on terror – a war of competing ideas. What, in the end, will constitute its victory? Burleigh’s fascinating and deeply engaging exploration refuses to draw lessons from the past for the future, remaining instead firmly focused on the on-the-spot decisions that came to define the conflict.

 

About the author

In 1977 Michael Burleigh took a first-class honours degree in Medieval and Modern History at University College London, winning the Pollard, Dolley and Sir William Mayer prizes. After a PhD in medieval history in 1982, he went on to hold posts at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cardiff where he was Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History. He has held several important positions, including Raoul Wallenberg Chair of Human Rights at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 2002 he gave the three Cardinal Basil Hume Memorial Lectures at Heythrop College, University of London. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His earlier books include Earthly Powers: The clash of Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War and Sacred Causes: The clash of Religion and Politics in Europe from the Great War to the War on Terror.


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