Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

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Basic Books, 2006 - History - 361 pages
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From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved--participants, decision makers, and victims. In his introduction to this new edition, Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq, reminding us once again that "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity."
  

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Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars was written in the wake of Vietnam evaluating the morality of war and calling the use of armed intervention into question. Walzer describes two distinct arenas ... Read full review

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Dense, but necessary; a careful searching of the terms of just war. Read full review

Contents

Against Realism
3
The Realist Argument
4
Strategy and Morality
13
Historical Relativism
16
The Crime of War
21
The Logic of War
22
The Limit of Consent
25
The Tyranny of War
29
Coercion and Responsibility
161
The Right to Leave
165
Taking Aim and the Doctrine of Double Effect
170
Guerrilla War
176
The Rights of Guerrilla Fighters
179
The Rights of Civilian Supporters
186
Terrorism
197
Violence and Liberation
204

The Rules of War
34
Two Sorts of Rules
41
The War Convention
44
THE THEORY OF AGGRESSION
49
Law and Order in International Society
51
The Rights of Political Communities
53
The Legalist Paradigm
58
Unavoidable Categories
63
The Argument for Appeasement
67
Anticipations
74
Preventive War and the Balance of Power
76
Preemptive Strikes
80
Interventions
86
SelfDetermination and SelfHelp
87
Secession
91
Civil War
96
Humanitarian Intervention
101
Wars Ends and the Importance of Winning
109
Unconditional Surrender
111
Justice in Settlements
117
THE WAR CONVENTION
125
Wars Means and the Importance of Fighting Well
127
Utility and Proportionality
129
Human Rights
133
Noncombatant Immunity and Military Necessity
138
The Nature of Necessity 1
144
Double Effect
151
War Against Civilians Sieges and Blockades
160
Reprisals
207
The Problem of Peacetime Reprisals
216
DILEMMAS OF WAR
223
Winning and Fighting Well
225
The Sliding Scale and the Argument from Extremity
228
Aggression and Neutrality
233
The Right to Be Neutral
234
The Nature of Necessity 2
239
The Sliding Scale
242
Supreme Emergency
251
Overriding the Rules of War
255
The Limits of Calculation
263
Nuclear Deterrence
269
Limited Nuclear War
274
THE QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY
285
The Crime of Aggression Political Leaders and Citizens
287
The World of Officials
289
Democratic Responsibilities
296
War Crimes Soldiers and Their Officers
304
In the Heat of Battle
306
Superior Orders
309
Command Responsibility
316
The Nature of Necessity 4
323
Conclusion
325
Nonviolence and the Theory of War
329
Notes
337
Index
355
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Michael Walzer is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and the author of many widely heralded books, including Spheres of Justice, Exodus and Revolution, and The Company of Critics, all available from Basic Books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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