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The Rape of Belgium: The Untold Story of World War I

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In August 1914, the German Army invaded the neutral nation of Belgium, violating a treaty that the German chancellor dismissed as a "scrap of paper." The invaders terrorized the Belgians, shooting thousands of civilians and looting and burning scores of towns, including Louvain, which housed the country's preeminent university.

The Rape of Belgium recalls the bloodshed and
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Hardcover, 339 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by New York University Press
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Fred Klein
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book about a subject that is not well-known, at least it wasn't to me until I saw the WWI series on "American Experience" on PBS. As much as I was interested in this topic, the invasion and abuse of Belgium by Germany during WWI, the book had the problems a lot of history books written for the layman have. The author threw an awful lot of names at the reader, most of which will be unfamiliar to non-historians, and many of which drop in and out of the narrative so that you ...more
Gerry
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply put a terrific book and accounting of History to Belgium in which now nearly 100 years since the conclusion of this war. This History is important and facts within this book cannot be ignored – Herbert Hoover and the Commission for the Relief of Belgium (CRB) played at the time a vital role in feeding a Nation and one in which is now lost to History in that Hoover negotiated the ability with waring nations of Europe prior to the United States involvement and Declaration of War in 1917. As ...more
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Dianne
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, non-fiction, history
It's an interesting topic which the author has managed to submerge beneath copious news paper references and quotations which only serve to diminish the event, not enhance our understanding of it. The comparison to the treatment of the Jews in ww2 was apt but not sufficiently developed. The Actual reports of the travesties committed in the early part of the war were brushed over ad not dealt with sufficiently. We were left still unsure whether the author really did believe it was all overblown i ...more
laudanum at 33
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the driest non-fiction I've ever read. At first I wondered if it came across that way after reading King Leopold's Ghost but after a hundred or so pages it became clear- this is a strictly objective blow-by-blow of Germany's first invasion of Belgium. There is little to no dependence on primary sources or accounts from people who survived it, just an overview of the political and military maneuvers taking place day by day, week by week, and month by month. It also becomes exponentially h ...more
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