War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

Paperback | September 15, 2013

byMary L. Dudziak

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When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," when it is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime. In this inventive meditation on war, time, andthe law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not as discrete a time period as we like to think. Instead, America has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for over a century. Meanwhile policy makers and the American public continue to view wars as exceptional events thateventually give way to normal peace times. This has two consequences: first, because war is thought to be exceptional, "wartime" remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial; and second, ongoing warfare is enabled by the inattention of the American people. More disconnected than ever fromthe wars their nation is fighting, public disengagement leaves us without political restraints on the exercise of American war powers.Visit http://wartimebook.blogspot.com/ to learn more.

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When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," when it is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime. In this inventive meditation on war, time, andthe law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime i...

Mary L. Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School. Her books include Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey and Cold War Civil Rights.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019931585X

ISBN - 13:9780199315857

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. What Time is It?2. When Was World War II?3. What Kind of War Was the Cold War?4. What is a War on Terror?Conclusion