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Mea CulpaLessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899623

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.001.0001

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International Dehumanization

International Dehumanization

(p.160) 11 International Dehumanization
Mea Culpa

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

Chapter 11 briefly examines the history of our dehumanization of populations abroad, most notably in World War II, when on one front we were fighting Nazi Germany, which oppressed and murdered Jews as subhuman, while on another front we were bombing Japanese cities and civilians, whom we had dehumanized, ultimately with atomic weapons. Lessons examined in this chapter include those insights gained from the dehumanization of combat and the potential fluidity of the subhuman construction of our enemies, as well as the challenges for the cultivation of compassion posed by technological advances in warfare.

Keywords:   dehumanization, World War II, atomic weapons, war, subhuman

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