Moral combat: a history of World War II

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This examination of the Second World War explores the moral sentiment of entire societies and their leaders, and how this changed under the impact of total war. Opening with the 'predators' - Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito - Burleigh analyses the moral dimensions and the war's most important moments.

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Michael Burleigh is Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History at Cardiff University. He is the author of eight well-received books, including `Sacred Causes', `Earthly Powers', `Blood and Rage' and `The Third Reich', for which he was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001.

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`This is Burleigh at his best...a consummate encapsulator, with a masterly grip on an enormous literature...it demystifies, and presses on us the moral imperative of self-examination' Independent`A magnificent moral survey of the Second World War...a long, brilliant, original, opinionated and scholarly meditation on morality as it appeared, or failed to appear, during the last global conflict...Seldom has a study of the past combined such erudition with such exuberance' Guardian`A powerful and timely book...this is one of the most important books on the Second World War to be published in recent years' Evening Standard`As always the colour and power of Burleigh's prose is outstanding' Observer`Burleigh's outstanding book reminds us some things should never be forgotten' Sunday Times`Michael Burleigh has long been one of our foremost writers on the importance of ethics in history, and in this deeply researched , closely argued and well-written analysis of the moral issues thrown up by the Second World War he has reached the zenith of his career' Sunday Telegraph

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