Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization, and Humanitarian Intervention

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 25, 2002 - Political Science - 466 pages
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Arguments have consequences in world politics that are as real as the military forces of states or the balance of power among them. Neta Crawford reveals how ethical arguments, not power politics or economics, explain decolonization, the greatest change in world politics to occur over the last five hundred years. The book also analyzes how argument might be used to to remake contemporary world politics, suggesting how such arguments apply to the issue of humanitarian intervention.
  

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Contents

Argument belief and culture
11
Ethical argument and argument analysis
82
Colonial arguments
131
Decolonizing bodies ending slavery and denormalizing forced labor
159
Faces of humanitarianism rivers of blood
201
Sacred trust
249
Selfdetermination
291
Alternative explanations counterfactuals and causation
343
Poiesis and praxis toward ethical world politics
399
African decolonization
436
Select bibliography
440
Index
457
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Neta Crawford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the co-editor (with Audie Klotz) of How Sanctions Work: Lessons from South Africa (1999), and author of Soviet Military Aircraft (1987), and a number of articles in leading journals.

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