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Author Zuckerman, Larry.

Title The rape of Belgium : the untold story of World War I / Larry Zuckerman.

Imprint New York : New York University Press, c2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  940.3493 Z83r 2004    ---  Available
Description xi, 339 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-328) and index.
Contents 1. Your neighbor's roof -- 2. Marching through Hell -- 3. The ghost of 1870 -- 4. Belgium does not ask for pity -- 5. A vague and misty unreality -- 6. This poisoned atmosphere -- 7. At least they only drown your women -- 8. Hell's premises -- 9. Taking note of these things -- 10. Mort pour la patrie -- 11. Like a thief in the night -- 12. It is impossible that we will be abandoned -- 13. A trifle -- 14. A popular delusion.
Summary Publisher description: 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 destruction of the 1914 invasion, and the outrage it inspired abroad. Yet Larry Zuckerman does not stop there, and takes us on a harrowing journey over the next fifty months, vividly documenting Germany's occupation of Belgium. The occupiers plundered the country, looting its rich supply of natural resources; deporting Belgians en masse to Germany and northern France as forced laborers; and jailing thousands on contrived charges, including the failure to inform on family or neighbors. Despite the duration of the siege and the destruction left in its wake, in considering Belgium, neither the Allies nor the history books focused on the occupation, and instead cast their attention almost wholly on the invasion. Featuring extensive archival research, including previously untapped Belgian government archives, The Rape of Belgium draws on a little-known story to remind us about the horrors of war. Further, Zuckerman shows why the Allies refrained from punishing the Germans for the occupation and controversially suggests that had the victors followed through, European history might have taken a very different course over the next several decades.
Subject Belgium -- History -- German occupation, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Belgium.
War and society -- Belgium.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Evacuation of civilians.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Belgium.
ISBN 0814797040 (alk. paper)
9780814797044 (alk. paper)

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