The Lost Art of Declaring War

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University of Illinois Press, 1998 - History - 191 pages
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Historically, it has been assumed that war is violence and declarations of war are simply public announcements that serve to initiate combat. Brien Hallett denies both assumptions and claims that war is policy, not violence.The Lost Art of Declaring War analyzes the crucial differences between combat and war and convincingly argues that the power to declare war is in actuality the power to compose a text, draft a document, write a denunciation. Once written, the declaration then serves three functions: to articulate the political purposes of the war, to guide and direct military operations, and to establish the boundary between justified combat and unjustified devastation.Hallett sounds a clarion call urging the people and their representatives to take up the challenge and write fully reasoned declarations of war. Then, and only then, can a civilized nation like the United States lay claim to being fully democratic, not only in peacetime, but in wartime as well.
 

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Contents

Something Else Is Needed
3
Ignoring Democracy and the Constitution
27
Changing Attitudes
59
Declarations of War A Brief Historical Sketch
61
War Perspective and Perversion
96
Speculating on Solutions
143
The Military the Public and Congress
145
US Declarations of War
169
References
179
Index
185
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