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An Intimate History of Killing Face to Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare

Ics of becoming the best citizen soldiers What kind of men become the best killers How do they readjust to civilian life These uestions are answered in this groundbreaking new work that won while still in manuscript the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History Excerpting from letters diaries memoirs and reports of British American and Australian veterans o. I find it interesting that other reviewers thought that this book didn t tell them anything they didn t know already because I found a lot of concepts this book talked about very non intuitiveParticularly what caught me off guard was the inherent contradictions described as present within the soldier who kills how a person who at first was horrified of killing could come to enjoy it despite having respect for their opponent how a person who believes in justice could stoop down to committing acts like rape and mutilation etc This is very different from the portrayals of war in fiction movies and books which tend to either frame the protagonist as virtuous than the soldiers who didn t mind killing people portrayed as innocent or don t bother to grant the enemy person status and yes this includes revenge stories where the villain is seen as only a monsterI read this book because I am writing a novel with a protagonist that fights in a war similar to Vietnam s and wanted to gain a basic understanding of what they could have gone through not only physically but emotionally This book did that for me hence why I rated it 5 stars Of course it won t be read alone and I will never claim to truly understand the wartime experience unless I somehow experience it myself but if anyone is curious about what sort of frame of mind you d have to be in to kill someone in war and then not be consumed by it later this is a good starting point Schadenfreude the best citizen soldiers What kind of men become Emotional Victory the best killers How do Still Life with Woodpecker they readjust Bo Knows Bo to civilian life These uestions are answered in Gender and Food this groundbreaking new work Radio Silence that won while still in manuscript Finer Women the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History Excerpting from letters diaries memoirs and reports of British American and Australian veterans o. I find it interesting Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down that other reviewers Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays thought Crazy Horses Girlfriend that Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium this book didn Hannah Has Two Mommies t Child Support tell 777 the Lost Blood them anything Know My Name they didn Abandoned Alice t know already because I found a lot of concepts Map My Heart this book Scandal talked about very non intuitiveParticularly what caught me off guard was The Fashion Condition the inherent contradictions described as present within Embellish Me the soldier who kills how a person who at first was horrified of killing could come The Snakehead to enjoy it despite having respect for Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light their opponent how a person who believes in justice could stoop down The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, to committing acts like rape and mutilation etc This is very different from Truly Wilde the portrayals of war in fiction movies and books which VEGAN ganz anders tend Albert Reynolds to either frame An Infamous Army (Alastair, the protagonist as virtuous Score! than Abela the soldiers who didn A Sisters Secret t mind killing people portrayed as innocent or don Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch t bother Butchers Crossing to grant Unchained Melanie the enemy person status and yes Olivias Luck this includes revenge stories where Middle Class Problems the villain is seen as only a monsterI read The City of London, Volume 2 this book because I am writing a novel with a protagonist Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible that fights in a war similar How We Lived Then to Vietnam s and wanted Top Tips for Fussy Eaters to gain a basic understanding of what Winnie Davis they could have gone The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries through not only physically but emotionally This book did The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded that for me hence why I rated it 5 stars Of course it won The Tower t be read alone and I will never claim The Seeds of Time to The New Black truly understand Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the wartime experience unless I somehow experience it myself but if anyone is curious about what sort of frame of mind you d have Two Hours to be in Finding Us (Finding, to kill someone in war and The End of the Story then not be consumed by it later ديوان حافظ this is a good starting point

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The characteristic act of men at war is not dying but killing Politicians and military historians may gloss over human slaughter emphasizing the defense of national honor but for men in active service warfare means being or becoming efficient killers In An Intimate History of Killing historian Joanna Bourke asks What are the social and psychological dynam. Conceptualmente interesante y de ejecuci n discutible G nero EnsayoLo ue nos cuenta Revisi n del acto de matar en tiempos de guerra centrado en la Gran Guerra la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la Guerra de Vietnam de sus implicaciones tanto en el soldado individual como en la sociedad los factores internos y externos ue pueden afectar el desempe o homicida b lico los problemas de la vuelta del soldado a la sociedad civil en tiempos de paz y la relaci n de todo ello con la cultura del siglo XX uiere saber m s de este libro sin spoilers Visite Quran Made Easy the defense of national honor but for men in active service warfare means being or becoming efficient killers In An Intimate History of Killing historian Joanna Bourke asks What are Dare Me the social and psychological dynam. Conceptualmente interesante y de ejecuci n discutible G nero EnsayoLo ue nos cuenta Revisi n del acto de matar en Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville tiempos de guerra centrado en la Gran Guerra la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la Guerra de Vietnam de sus implicaciones Little Reds Riding Hood tanto en el soldado individual como en la sociedad los factores internos y externos ue pueden afectar el desempe o homicida b lico los problemas de la vuelta del soldado a la sociedad civil en The Return of a Gangsters Girl tiempos de paz y la relaci n de Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, todo ello con la cultura del siglo XX uiere saber m s de este libro sin spoilers Visite

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F three wars World War I World War II and Vietnam Bourke concludes that the structure of war encourages pleasure in killing and that perfectly ordinary gentle human beings can and often do become enthusiastic killers without being brutalized This graphic unromanticized look at men at war is sure to revise many long held beliefs about the nature of violenc. While there may not be any great new discovery about this subject in this book it is a worthy effort to show how the need to kill in combat affects soldiers in many ways The subject remains misunderstood or ignored by the broad population but it is such a difficult reality for those who face it

  • Paperback
  • 544
  • An Intimate History of Killing Face to Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare
  • Joanna Bourke
  • English
  • 16 October 2017
  • 9780465007387

About the Author: Joanna Bourke

Joanna Bourke born 1963 in New Zealand is an historian and professor of history at Birkbeck University of London



10 thoughts on “An Intimate History of Killing Face to Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare

  1. says:

    The most effective combatantswere hostile emotionally insecure unstable men who were acting out infantile fantasies of heroism – in other words they were lucky that killing was socially approved in war because otherwise they would find themselves in prison p 102 This is a sobering book Many readers have probably heard of the research by SLA Marshall that said only a small percentage of infantrymen in World War II ever fired the

  2. says:

    Conceptualmente interesante y de ejecución discutible Género EnsayoLo ue nos cuenta Revisión del acto de matar en tiempos de guerra centrado en la Gran Guerra la Segunda Guerra Mundial y la Guerra de Vietnam de sus implicaciones tanto en el soldado individual como en la sociedad los factores internos y externos ue pueden afectar

  3. says:

    I had wanted to read this for years and finally got a chance due to COVID 19 The scholarship is fine it's written with a general audience in mind so is fairly unchallenging history However I found there was a lot of repetition some clunky framing of uotes and historical fragments and the structure of the book was confusing For example the My

  4. says:

    I find it interesting that other reviewers thought that this book didn't tell them anything they didn't know already because I found a lot of concepts this book talked about very non intuitiveParticularly what caug

  5. says:

    Compré este libro hace 4 años en mi añorado Rastro No le hice mucho caso hasta la semana pasada cuando lo «redescubrí» en mi biblioteca Y resulta ue es una aportación importante a la historia militar ue vuelve a situar el acto central de la guerra matar en el primer plano de la narración del conflicto Muy bueno

  6. says:

    The author covers the evidence from four nations in four wars to document some elements that are obvious when you think a

  7. says:

    This book focusses on the experience of British American and Australian soldiers in the First and Second World Wars as well as the Vietnam War Based on primary accounts and interviews with former soldiers Bourke constructs an analysis of the personal experience of conflict which challenges the 'war as hell' myth Instead the book shows how Western militaries have perfected the creation of the soldier and the

  8. says:

    While there may not be any great new discovery about this subject in this book it is a worthy effort to show how the need to kill in combat affects soldiers in many ways The subject remains misunderstood or ignored by the broad population but it is such a difficult reality for those who face it

  9. says:

    it's one of those books that make you go tell me something I don't know Such a huge dissappointment

  10. says:

    Joanna was my old history professor and supervisor at Uni A very happy time

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