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The Resource The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war, James Q. Whitman

The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war, James Q. Whitman

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The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war
Title
The verdict of battle
Title remainder
the law of victory and the making of modern war
Statement of responsibility
James Q. Whitman
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Slaughter in battle was once seen as a legitimate way to settle disputes. When pitched battles ceased to exist, the law of victory gave way to the rule of unbridled force. Whitman explains why ritualized violence was more effective in ending carnage, and why humanitarian laws that view war as evil have led to longer, more barbaric conflicts
  • Today, war is considered a last resort for resolving disagreements. But a day of staged slaughter on the battlefield was once seen as a legitimate means of settling political disputes. James Whitman argues that pitched battle was essentially a trial with a lawful verdict. And when this contained form of battle ceased to exist, the law of victory gave way to the rule of unbridled force. The Verdict of Battle explains why the ritualized violence of the past was more effective than modern warfare in bringing carnage to an end, and why humanitarian laws that cling to a notion of war as evil have led to longer, more barbaric conflicts. Belief that sovereigns could, by rights, wage war for profit made the eighteenth century battle's golden age. A pitched battle was understood as a kind of legal proceeding in which both sides agreed to be bound by the result. To the victor went the spoils, including the fate of kingdoms. But with the nineteenth-century decline of monarchical legitimacy and the rise of republican sentiment, the public no longer accepted the verdict of pitched battles. Ideology rather than politics became war's just cause. And because modern humanitarian law provided no means for declaring a victor or dispensing spoils at the end of battle, the violence of war dragged on. The most dangerous wars, Whitman asserts in this iconoclastic tour de force, are the lawless wars we wage today to remake the world in the name of higher moral imperatives
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1957-
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Whitman, James Q.
Dewey number
172/.42
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
U22
LC item number
.W55 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • War
  • Combat
  • Battles
  • Military art and science
  • War (International law)
  • Military ethics
  • Military history
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • LAW
  • Battles
  • Combat
  • Military art and science
  • Military ethics
  • Military history
  • War (International law)
  • War
  • Europe
Label
The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war, James Q. Whitman
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why battles matter -- Accepting the wager of battle -- Laying just claim to the profits of war -- The monarchical monopolization of military violence -- Were there really rules? -- The death of pitched battle
Control code
815276601
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (323 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780674068117
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674068117
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f1jwp
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not applicable
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)815276601
Label
The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war, James Q. Whitman
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why battles matter -- Accepting the wager of battle -- Laying just claim to the profits of war -- The monarchical monopolization of military violence -- Were there really rules? -- The death of pitched battle
Control code
815276601
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (323 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674068117
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674068117
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt2f1jwp
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)815276601

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