Diana Preston speaks to Centenary News about the Lusitania, chemical warfare and Zeppelin attacks

Posted on centenarynews.com on 13/05/2015
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Diana Preston, historian and author of A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I that Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare, talks to Ashlee Godwin of Centenary News about her latest book.

The book retraces six weeks in the Spring of 1915 when the world witnessed three pivotal and unprecedented events in the development of modern warfare: the first use of poison gas at Ypres, the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania, and the first Zeppelin air raid on London.

Diana said in the Centenary News interview: "When you take the three events together, it shows us technology being increasingly harnessed to kill ever larger numbers of people, ever more remotely. You see civilians becoming regarded as a legitimate targets in warfare." 

Read Centenary News' book review of Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania by Diana Preston here.

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