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Author Preston, Diana, 1952-
Title A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare / Diana Preston
Imprint New York : Bloomsbury, 2015
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 人文社會聯圖  UF505.G3 P74 2015    AVAILABLE    30610020464111
Descript 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Note "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"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-324) and index
'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 Puts People Permanently Out Of Action' -- Operation Disinfection -- 'This Filty Loathsome Pestilence' -- Solomon's Temple -- 'They Got Us This Time Alright' -- 'Wilful 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'
Subject Germany -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems -- History -- 20th century
Weapons of mass destruction -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Ypres, 2nd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1915
World War, 1914-1918 -- Chemical warfare
Lusitania (Steamship)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations -- Submarine
Bombing, Aerial -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century
Airships -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Just war doctrine -- History -- 20th century
War (Philosophy) -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY / General. bisacsh
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