- Publisher: Inst for Historical Review (April 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939484455
- ISBN-13: 978-0939484454
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Veale begins this study with a brief but informative review of how the victors treated the vanquished during Ancient History. Basically, the ancients usually tortured and massacred the vanquished without the pretense of "trial." In other words they were more honest in their treatment of the losers.
Veale explains the transition from vengeance to limited aims and goals that gradually occurred in early modern European History. This transition took place after the terrible Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Crowned rulers sent forces to war commanded by men who usually conformed to the phrase of "an officer and gentleman." There was usually a concerted effort to avoid harm to the enemy's civilian population. Rulers and commanders understood war as a limited effort to gain land, resources, and economic access. The Europeans did not resort to wars of extermination or crusades against the forces of evil when the Europeans were at war with other Europeans.
However, this mutual understanding ended during World War II. The beginning of World War II began as a small war of the Germans and Soviets invading Poland in 1939. One should note that the view of an innocent Poland is false. For example, the Polish had already used military force to take land from the Czechs, Lithuanians, etc., in 1938 which obviously concerned the Soviets.Read more ›