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This comprehensive reference offers the first encyclopedic treatment of the history of war crimes, war crime trials, and war crime law from the mid-19th century to the present. Andersonville. Nuremberg. My Lai. Rwanda. The names haunt us as reminders of unspeakable evils committed under the banners of war. Sadly, throughout history, atrocities against civilians and prisoners have been an almost inevitable part of war, with the pursuit of those responsible providing a wrenching denouement to an era of conflict.
War Crimes and Trials is the first comprehensive reference to focus exclusively on wartime atrocities and the attempts to bring those responsible to justice. Filled with hundreds of alphabetically organized entries, it encompasses the entire scope of this all-too-prevalent by-product of war, with expert analysis of events from all parts of the globe and all kinds of armed conflicts.
War Crimes and Trials ranges from 1850 (when the need to confront war crimes was first acknowledged internationally) to the coming-of-age of war crime adjudication in World War II to the most recent trials and legal developments. Entries examine the evolution of laws and treaties addressing war crimes; important war crimes trials; notorious war criminals and the people who confronted them; and the full spectrum of relevant legal and political issues, including the viability of the International Criminal Court and the problems of reconciling systems of national and international law.