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- DescriptionThe firebombing of Dresden marks the terrible apex of the European bombing war. In just over two days in February 1945, over 1,300 heavy bombers from the RAF and the USAAF dropped nearly 4,000 tonnes of explosives on Dresden's civilian centre. Since the end of World War II, both the death toll and the motivation for the attack have become fierce historical battlegrounds, as German feelings of victimhood compete with those of guilt and of loss. The Dresden bombing was used by East Germany as a propaganda tool, and has been re-appropriated by the neo-Nazi far right. Meanwhile the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche - the city's sumptuous 18th century church destroyed in the raid - became central to German identity, while in London, a statue of the Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command, Sir Arthur Harris, has attracted protests. In this book, Tony Joel focuses on the historical battle to re-appropriate Dresden, and on how World War II continues to shape British and German identity some seventy years later.
- Author BiographyTony Joel is Lecturer in Modern History at Deakin University, Australia and a member of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute.
- Author(s)Tony Joel
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
- Date of Publication18/12/2013
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleInternational Library of Twentieth Century History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note12 bw integrated, 2 maps
- Weight454 g
- Width134 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine41 mm
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