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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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War and the Law of Nations: A General History

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ISBN13: 9780521729628
Published: February 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2005)
Price: £40.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521662055

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This ambitious volume is a history of war, from the standpoint of international law, from the beginning of history to the present day. Its primary focus is on legal conceptions of war as such, rather than on the substantive or technical aspects of the law of war. It tells the story, in narrative form, of the interplay, through the centuries, between, on the one hand, legal ideas about war and, on the other hand, state practice in warfare. Its coverage includes reprisals, civil wars, UN enforcement and the war on terrorism. This book will interest historians, students of international relations and international lawyers.

  • First comprehensive overview of the history of war from the standpoint of international law
  • Sheds important historical perspective on modern issues such as self-defence, humanitarian intervention, the Cold War, civil wars and ‘war’ against non-state entities such as terrorism
  • ASIL 2007 prize winner

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Legal History
Table of cases
Table of treaties

Part I. War as Law Enforcement (to 1600):
1. Ares and Athena
2. Loving enemies and hating sin

Part II. New Forces Stirring (1600–1815):
3. War in due form
4. Dissension in the ranks

Part III. War as State Policy (1815–1919):
5. Collisions of naked interest
6. Tame and half-hearted war: intervention, reprisal and necessity
7. Civil strife

Part IV. Just Wars Reborn (1919– ):
8. Regulating war
9. A farewell to war?
10. New fields of battle