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Members’ Lecture – Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan

30 November 2007, 12:45
AC Grayling (small)

Professor A C Grayling
School of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London

Britain and the USA carried out a massive bombing offensive against the cities of Germany and Japan the course of the Second World War, which ended with the destruction of Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was the bombing of civilian targets justified by the necessities of war? Or was it, in fact, a crime against humanity? How should we, the descendants of the Allies who won the victory in that war, reply to the moral challenge of the descendants of those whose cities were targeted?

Professor A.C. Grayling will look at the stands people took, both for and against, the bombing of civilians and crucially ask; what the lessons are that we can learn for today about how people should behave in a world of tension and moral confusion, and fragile democracies? Among the Dead Cities is both a lucid and revealing work of modern history and an investigation of conscience into one of the last remaining controversies of that time.

This event is open to members only, to become a member please click here.

An optional £6 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

To register please contact Helen Wood at or +44(0) 20 7747 2643

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