Moral Combat

Moral Combat

Good and Evil in World War II

Book - 2011
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British historian Burleigh describes the atrocities of WWII and the reasoning behind them. Burleigh explains that Communist, Nazi, Fascist, and Japanese systems claimed to be regimes of public virtue carrying out inexorable historical processes. Proclaiming that the only evil was obstructing this march to utopia, they discarded the rule of law and alternative moral authority (religion, ethics).
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780060580971
0060580976
Branch Call Number: 940.54/BURLEIGH
Characteristics: xxi, 650 p., [16] p. of plates (in two sections) : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 24 cm.

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vonJaerschky
Feb 08, 2012

This book supposes to be a very scholarly work covering the scope of morality in combat during WW2. Instead, what it really is, is a lengthy diatribe towards the Nazi regime and their crimes. Now, there is no way that the crimes of the Nazi regime can be excused or justified. However, Burleigh makes several snide remarks and jumps to conclusions without facts several times during the book. Burleigh lacks objectivity, and thus even though he has done extensive and impressive research, this undercurrent that runs from cover to cover serves to detract from its status as an authoritative work.

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