City Busting Readings

Required Readings

  • James Digby, Precision Guided Weapons, Adelphi Paper no. 118 (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1975). Password protected PDF

Recommended Readings

The Importance of Reading History

Targeting Innocents before World War II: Theories and Practice

  • Giulio Douhet, Command of the Airtrans. Dino Ferrari (Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museum Programs, 1998).
  • Hugh Trenchard, “The War Object of an Air Force,” in The Art of War in World History: From Antiquity to the Nuclear Age, ed. Gérard Chaliand (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), 905-910.

Strategic Bombing: World War II

  • Sebastian Cox, ed. The Strategic Air War against Germany, 1939-1945: The Official Report of the British Bombing Survey Unit (London: Frank Cass Publishers, 1998).

            First Half: Password protected PDF

            Second HalfPassword protected PDF

The Nuclear Revolution and Weapons Effects

  • John Hersey, “Hiroshima,” New Yorker 22no. 29 (August 31, 1946).
  • Keiji Nakazawa, Barefoot Gen, directed by Mori Masaki, July 21, 1983, 85 min, DVD. See especially the clip, “Hiroshima Destroyed.
  • Alex Wellerstein, “NUKEMAP,” Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog, 2013.

Civil Defense

  • National Security Resources Board, Civil Defense Office, Survival Under Atomic Attack, NSRB Doc. 130 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1950).
  • National Security Resources Board, United States Civil Defense (Blue Book), NSRB Doc. 128. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1950).
  • War Department Civil Defense Board, A Study of Civil Defense (Bull Board Report) (Washington, DC, National Military Establishment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, February 1948).

Precision Guidance

  • James Digby, Precision Guided Weapons, Adelphi Paper no. 118 (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1975). Password protected PDF

The Morality of City Busting

  • Richard P. DiMeglio, et al., Law of Armed Conflict Deskbook  ed. William J. Johnson and Andrew D. Gillman (Charlottesville, VA: United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, 2012).
  • Alexander B. Downes, Targeting Civilians in War, Cornell Studies in Security Affairs (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008), 1-12, 83-155.

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  • Freeman Dyson, Weapons and Hope (New York: Harper and Row, 1984), 3-15, 286-295. Password protected PDF
  • Matthew G. McKenzie, Thomas B. Cochran, Robert S. Norris, and William M. Arkin, “Attacking Russian Cities: Two Countervalue Scenarios” in The U.S. Nuclear War Plan: A Time for Change (Washington, DC, National Resources Defense Council, June 2001), 113-128. 

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