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Of war and law, David Kennedy

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Of war and law
Title
Of war and law
Statement of responsibility
David Kennedy
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Modern war is law pursued by other means. Once a bit player in military conflict, law now shapes the institutional, logistical, and physical landscape of war. At the same time, law has become a political and ethical vocabulary for marking legitimate power and justifiable death. As a result, the battlespace has become as legally regulated as the rest of modern life. In Of War and Law, David Kennedy examines this important development, retelling the history of modern war and statecraft as a tale of the changing role of law and the dramatic growth of law's power. Not only a restraint and an ethical yardstick, law can also be a weapon--a strategic partner, a force multiplier, and an excuse for terrifying violence. Kennedy focuses on what can go wrong when humanitarian and military planners speak the same legal language--wrong for humanitarianism, and wrong for warfare. He argues that law has beaten ploughshares into swords while encouraging the bureaucratization of strategy and leadership. A culture of rules has eroded the experience of personal decision-making and responsibility among soldiers and statesmen alike. Kennedy urges those inside and outside the military who wish to reduce the ferocity of battle to understand the new roles--and the limits--of law. Only then will we be able to revitalize our responsibility for war.--
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1954-
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Kennedy, David
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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War (International law)
Label
Of war and law, David Kennedy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-178) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War as a legal institution -- The historical context : how did we get here? -- War by law
Control code
ocm67361218
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 191 pages
Isbn
9780691128641
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)67361218
Label
Of war and law, David Kennedy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-178) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
War as a legal institution -- The historical context : how did we get here? -- War by law
Control code
ocm67361218
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 191 pages
Isbn
9780691128641
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)67361218

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