Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance, and the Law

Paperback | June 15, 2005

byKarma Nabulsi

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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 threeideologies: 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 successivediplomatic conferences of Brussels in 1874, the Hague in 1899 and 1907, and Geneva in 1949. Based on a wide range of sources and drawing on a plurality of intellectual disciplines, this book places these diplomatic failures in their broader social and political contexts, bringing out ideologicalcontinuities through an illustration of the social history of army occupation in Europe and resistance to it.

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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 threeideologies: the martial, Grotian, and republican. ...

Karma Nabulsi is at Nuffield College, Oxford.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:June 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0199279470

ISBN - 13:9780199279470

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Modern Laws of War from 1874 to 19492. Occupying Armies and Civilian Populations in Nineteenth-Century Europe3. The Conceptualization of War and the Value of Political Traditions4. High Priests of the Temple of Janus: The Martial Tradition of War5. The Enigma of the Middle Way: Grotius and The Grotian Tradition of War6. Hope and Heroic Action: Rousseau, Paoli, Kosciuszko, and the Republican Tradition of WarConclusion

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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