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The Resource A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare, Diana Preston

A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare, Diana Preston

Label
A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare
Title
A higher form of killing
Title remainder
six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare
Statement of responsibility
Diana Preston
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed the passenger liner Lusitania, killing 1,198 civilians; and on May 31, a German Zeppelin began the first aerial bombardment of London and its inhabitants. Each of these actions violated rules of war carefully agreed at the Hague Conventions of 1898 and 1907. Though Germany's attempts to quickly win the war failed, the psychological damage caused by these attacks far outweighed the casualties. The era of weapons of mass destruction had dawned. While each of these momentous events has been chronicled in histories of the war, celebrated historian Diana Preston links them for the first time, revealing the dramatic stories behind each through the eyes of those who were there, whether making the decisions or experiencing their effect. She places the attacks in the context of the centuries-old debate over what constitutes 'just war,' and shows how, in their aftermath, the other combatants felt the necessity to develop extreme weapons of their own. In our current time of terror, when weapons of mass destruction--imagined or real--are once again vilified, the story of their birth is of great relevance"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
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Preston, Diana
Dewey number
940.4/21
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
UF505.G3
LC item number
P74 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lusitania (Steamship)
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Ypres, 2nd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1915
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Bombing, Aerial
  • Airships
  • Just war doctrine
  • War (Philosophy)
  • Germany
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A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare, Diana Preston
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"A flash of lightening from the north" -- "Humanising war" -- "The law of facts" -- "A scrap of paper" -- "The worst of contrabands" -- "England will burn" -- "A most effective weapon" -- "Something that makes people permanently incapable of fighting" -- "Operation disinfection" -- "This filty loathsome pestilence" -- "Solomon's temple" -- "They got us this time alright" -- "Wilful and wholesome murder" -- "Too proud to fight" -- "The very earth shook" -- "Order, counter-order, disorder!" -- "A gift of love" -- "Do you know anything about gas?" -- "Zepp and a portion of clouds" -- "Remember the Lusitania" -- "Each one must fight on to the end" -- "Weapons of mass destruction"
Control code
ocn884961513
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781620402122
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014019999
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)884961513
Label
A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare, Diana Preston
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"A flash of lightening from the north" -- "Humanising war" -- "The law of facts" -- "A scrap of paper" -- "The worst of contrabands" -- "England will burn" -- "A most effective weapon" -- "Something that makes people permanently incapable of fighting" -- "Operation disinfection" -- "This filty loathsome pestilence" -- "Solomon's temple" -- "They got us this time alright" -- "Wilful and wholesome murder" -- "Too proud to fight" -- "The very earth shook" -- "Order, counter-order, disorder!" -- "A gift of love" -- "Do you know anything about gas?" -- "Zepp and a portion of clouds" -- "Remember the Lusitania" -- "Each one must fight on to the end" -- "Weapons of mass destruction"
Control code
ocn884961513
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781620402122
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014019999
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)884961513

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