Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2013 Claire Peterson
Advances in airpower and bombing capabilities have brought airpower to the forefront of military strategy. Four cases are examined to explain the historical uses and goals of strategic and morale bombing of enemy civilian populations: Germany, Japan, Vietnam and Iraq. This historical data is complemented by psychological theory that helps to predict the effectiveness of these bombing campaigns on the civilian will to resist. This paper argues that strategic and morale bombing on civilian populations does not decrease the enemy will to resist.
Peterson, Claire, "Civilian Populations as Bomb Targets: A Historical and Psychological Study on the Effect of Strategic and Morale Bombing on Civilian Enemy Will to Resist" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 760.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.