Acquisitions

Alan Kramer. Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. The barbarisation of warfare from the Balkan wars onward, including the targeting of civilians. This looks the goods (and a worthy successor to the book he co-authored with John Horne, German Atrocities, 1914), though oddly there's only a little on bombing. Not that I'm complaining, mind ...

Peter Stansky. The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007. From the blurb, 'Much of the future of Britain was determined in the first twelve hours of bombing' -- the Blitz spirit was just the start of a social revolution. Hmmm, that's a big claim, but not necessarily an incorrect one: it'll be interesting to see if he can pull it off.

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