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N.Beltov
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posted 04 October 2007 12:16 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
ZNet has a critique of Ken Burns' recent TV series, The War, which appeared on PBS. The general tone of the article is positive in regard to the series, however. The reviewer even ventures an explanation as to why Burns might have such misinformation in his film. He does not do a very thorough job of covering Operation August Storm, the Soviet rout of the Japanese troops in Manchuria, but he does allude to the Soviet involvement in making the Japanese surrender.

Justifying Hiroshima

I put this in the culture thread because it is about the subjects covered in a TV series.

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jeff house
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posted 04 October 2007 12:27 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't seen the series yet, but have one concern about it.

I am told that it is basically a "grunt's eye view" of war, war as seen from the foxhole.

While that is often dramatically compelling, as one is telling the stories of individual human beings, it tends to obscure the big picture.

It is only natural for the man or woman in the foxhole to shoot right back at the person shooting at him or her. but stories of heroism at this level omit larger issues.


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quelar
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posted 04 October 2007 01:23 PM      Profile for quelar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ken Burns is really great at bringing a personal american perspective to his documentaries, but in this case in a global perspective, it falls flat.

THe series opened with the 'start' of the war at Pearl Harbour... skimming briefly over the fact that the rest of the world had already been fighting a bloody war for years.

It's interesting still, but he does little but drum the american beat of war.


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N.Beltov
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posted 04 October 2007 01:37 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I watched much of the series and, while I agree with the criticism in regard to Hiroshima, it did an excellent job of conveying the impact, emotional and otherwise, of war on some of those in it. But Jeff is correct that a big picture is easily missed.

My own premise, in discussing war, is that it is a harmful thing about which no effort should be spared to prevent or end. However, alarm bells should ring in any thoughtful person's head when killing tens and hundreds of thousands of people in a flash is justified by spuriously claiming that it saved even more lives. We're talking about people here, not cheeseburgers or chocolate bars.

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