Essay on Cultural Genocide And Mass By Alan Kramer
A Critical Review of Alan Kramer 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. ISBN: 978-0-19-280342-9
Dynamic of Destruction is a secondary source written by Alan Kramer which analyses European cultures during the First World War. The book primarily focuses on cultural genocide, which the German army was responsible for in Belgium and also the Italian involvement in the battlefront of the war. In Kramer’s view the First World War was not only an atrocious event that solidified a new era of warfare, but it also created a culture based on killing, breach of peace, and the destruction of significant cultural monuments. This is evident in the thesis of the book when Kramer writes “is that there was a ‘dynamic of destruction’, which produced the most extensive cultural devastation and mass killing in Europe since the Thirty Years War,”(Kramer 5). Alan Kramer’s strong narrative details, and his incorporation of primary sources written during the time of the First World War, assist in proving his thesis, and reveal a side of the war unfamiliar from common World War One teachings.
Alan Kramer is a European history professor at the University of Dublin. He is a part of many professional history associations, some of which include society for First World War studies,…