Dynamics Of Destruction Alan Kramer Summary
A Critical Review of Alan Kramer’s Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War.
Kramer, Alan. Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War.
Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp.483. ISBN:9780192803429
In Dynamics of Destruction, Kramer begins the book on August 28th, 1914 with German troops invading Louvain destroying the Halles University library that contains “hundreds of thousands of volumes, rare and ancient manuscripts … [that] all had been burned deliberately”(Kramer 9). This initiated the beginning of different method of war by going beyond the trenches by targeting enemy civilians and their culture. The Germans method of warfare was to target enemies culture, civilians, and significant symbols of culture by “willful destruction and mass killing”(23). The Germans intend to not only annihilate soldiers in war but also to destroy their enemy’s civilians …show more content…
Alan Kramer wrote his first book, German Atrocities 1914 with co-author John that became an award-winning book. Alan Kramer continued his writing by publishing his own book, Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War. Alan Kramer is award-winning historian that is expect in the history of Europe in the time period of the two world wars mainly focusing on Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. He focuses on analyzing, “violence, the relationship between armed forces and non-combatants, war crimes, and prisoners of war”(Trinity College Dublin). It is common in both books, which Kramer focuses on the German invasion of France and Belgium committing atrocities against innocent civilians. Alan Kramer’s purpose of his book to help us understand why the Fist World War is catastrophic event in history for the destructive and mass killing of civilians and their