Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

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Basic Books, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 361 pages
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This classic work examines the issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war from the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai massacre. A revised and updated classic treatment of the morality of war written by one of our country's leading philosophers.Just and Unjust Warsexamines a variety of conflicts in order to understand exactly why, according to Walzer, "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity." Walzer's classic work draws on historical illustrations that range all the way from the Athenian attack on Melos to this morning's headlines, and uses the testimony of participants-decision makers and victims alike-to examine the moral issues of warfare.

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Over rated and over priced. I think it has received the rave reviews only because its convoluted obfuscation.

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This was on my PhD qualifying-exams list for IR, but it's one of the best books I've ever read regardless. Walzer's one of a kind. Read full review

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Michael Walzeris Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and the author of many widely heralded books, includingSpheres of Justice, Exodus and Revolution, andThe Company of Critics, all available from Basic Books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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