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Traditions of War By Karma Nabulsi (Nuffield College, Oxford)

Traditions of War
by Karma Nabulsi (Nuffield College, Oxford)

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Traditions of War brings together developments in political and legal thought, the conduct of military occupations, and the attempts by the international community to regulate the treatment of civilians within this aspect of warfare.
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Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance, and the Law by Karma Nabulsi (Nuffield College, Oxford)

Traditions of War examines wars and military occupation, and the ideas underlying them. The search for these ideas is conducted in the domain of the laws of war, a body of rules which sought to regulate the practices of war and those permitted to fight in it. This work introduces three ideologies: the martial, Grotian, and republican. These traditions were rooted in incommensurable conceptions of the good life, and the overall argument is that these differences lay at the heart of the failure fully to resolve the distinction between lawful and unlawful combatants at successive diplomatic conferences of Brussels in 1874, the Hague in 1899 and 1907, and Geneva in 1949. Based on a wide range of sources and a plurality of intellectual disciplines, this book places these diplomatic failures in their broader social and political contexts. By bringing out idealogical continuities and drawing on the social history of army occupation in Europe and resistance to it, this book both challenges and illuminates our understanding of modern war.

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Politics, law and war are skilfully interwoven ... This is more a work of political thought than about the practice of war, but a reminder of the importance to military history of varied responses to occupation. * European History Quarterly *
This is a valuable and challenging book. * Military History *
Nabulsi's book demonstrates creativity of a very high order. Its strength lies in its inspired attempt to identify neglected strands in the history of international thought ... original and provocative, and also illustrated from impressively eclectic reading...thought provokng. * English Historial Review *

About Karma Nabulsi (Nuffield College, Oxford)

Karma Nabulsi is Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford

Table of Contents

Introduction ; The Modern Laws of War from 1874 to 1949 ; Occupying Armies and Civilian Populations in Nineteenth Century Europe ; The Conceptualisation of War and the Value of Political Traditions ; High Priests of the Temple of Janus: The Martial Tradition of War ; The Enigma of the Middle Way: Grotius and The Grotian Tradition on War ; Hope and Heroic Action: Rousseau, Paoli, Kosciuszko, and the Republican Tradition of War ; Conclusion

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Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance, and the Law by Karma Nabulsi (Nuffield College, Oxford)
Karma Nabulsi (Nuffield College, Oxford)
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