The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World

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Michael Howard, George J. Andreopoulos, Mark R. Shulman, Michael Eliot Howard
Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 303 pages
This book explores not only the formal constraints on the conduct of war throughout Western history but also the unwritten conventions about what is permissible in the course of military operations. Ranging from classical antiquity to the present, eminent historians discuss the legal and cultural regulation of violence in such areas as belligerent rights, the treatment of prisoners and civilians, the observing of truces and immunities, the use of particular weapons, siege warfare, codes of honor, and war crimes.

The book begins with a general overview of the subject by Michael Howard. The contributors then discuss the formal and informal constraints on conducting war as they existed in classical antiquity, the age of chivalry, early modern Europe, colonial America, and the age of Napoleon. They also examine how these constraints have been applied to wars at sea, on land, and in the air, planning for nuclear war, and national liberation struggles, in which one of the participants is not an organized state. The book concludes with reflections by Paul Kennedy and George Andreopoulos on the main challenges facing the quest for humanitarian norms in warfare in the future.



Classical Greek Times
The Age of Chivalry
Early Modern Europe
Colonial America
The Age of Napoleon
Maritime Conflict
From Hague to Nuremberg
Air Power
IO Nuclear War Planning
The Age of National Liberation Movements
Some Concluding Reflections

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About the author (1994)

Sir Michael Howard is Regius Professor of Modern History Emeritus, Oxford, and Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History Emeritus, Yale University. George J. Andreopoulos is lecturer in history at Yale University and former associate director of Yale's Orville Schell Center for International Human Rights. Mark R. Shulman is lecturer in history at Yale University.

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