Tuesday, June 06, 2006

WWII

This is not really directly related to our class but today's lecture and discussion about WWII posters made me wonder about WWII casualty breakdowns, specifically for civilians. If you are interested, a pretty good breakdown is here. One suprising thing about it is that 50% of the deaths were allied civilians--but most of that is probably a combination of the holocaust and other European countries taken by Germany (not to mention China and Indo-Asia are counted as an ally, see next). I was also suprised that around 10 million Chinese were killed, including 7 million civilians--I had heard of Nanking and other atrocities but never knew the amount of it. Indonesia had 4 mil civilians too.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kirk said...

Interesting info. A much more detailed collection can be found here. Some useful (and chilling) maps and graphs can be found here.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Kirk said...

Interesting info. A much more detailed collection can be found here. Some useful (and chilling) maps and graphs can be found here.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Khalil said...

For what it's worth, I thought the lecture on WWII propoganda was excellent. Point made about U.S. propoganda towards Japanese, making them faceless drones as compared to campaigns against Italy and Germany where the focus was on the fascist figureheads of Hitler and Mussolini. Also disturbing was the fact that the fire-bomb attacks proceeding the atomic bombings killed more Japanese than atomic bombs. This was news to me and showed maybe how influential the propoganda campaigns may have been.

A small note: some of these tactics were used against the Germans also. There was a Donald Duck WWII propoganda film, in wich Donald had a nightmare he was a Nazi. The overarching theme was how the Nazis were "programmed." Check out the link on YouTube. You can watch the 7 minute flick.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDWF8hznHZs

9:28 AM  

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