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Mirrors of Destruction: War, Genocide, and Modern Identity

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Mirrors of Destruction examines the relationship between total war, state-organized genocide, and the emergence of modern identity. Here, Omer Bartov demonstrates that in the twentieth century there have been intimate links between military conflict, mass murder of civilian populations, and the definition and categorization of groups and individuals.
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2000)
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This book is an amazing collection of essays by a well-respected historian. Mirrors of Destruction tackles the reasons behind the Holocaust, starting with illusions of identity to the horrific conclusion and the effects of the Holocaust on the survivors of both the perpetrators and the victims.

Bartov attacks the subject with erudition and personal interest, as he is an Israeli. He also provides detailed analysis of survivors' accounts as well as a fair analysis of recent disputes between histori
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“Indeed, one of the most frightening consequences of the Holocaust may well be that rather than serving as a warning to preserve humanity at all cost, it has provided a license to privilege physical survival over moral existence.” 0 likes
“It is my assertion, however, that the project of remaking humanity and defining identity has been at the core of this century, and that much of this project was characterized by a tremendous destructive urge followed by a long and as yet uncompleted process of coming to terms with the disasters it has produced and is still producing in many parts of the world.” 0 likes
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