Reviews in History
"One of Simms and Trim's expressed objectives is to show the 'rich and varied' history of humanitarian intervention, which is definitely achieved."
"… a rich and stimulating attempt to explain foreign intervention for humanitarian purposes."
English Historical Review
"… editors Brendan Simms and D. J. B. Trim have produced a critically important historical analysis of the policies, practices, and purposes of foreign intrusions in the affairs of other nations for humanitarian purposes from the 1500s to the present. … The single volume compilation is not exhaustive in its treatment, nor could it be, but its essays are historically and conceptually rich."
The Journal of World History
"The historic analysis is insightful yet targets certain issues within the intervention debate, which makes reading the book challenging and exciting …"
The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
"Within the vast literature on the issue of humanitarian intervention this is an extraordinary book. It sheds light on the historical development of this concept from the most varied angles and the insights it offers are in many ways enlightening … this book is highly recommendable for everyone interested in the question of humanitarian intervention and in the history of international law in general."
Peter Hilpold, Europa Ethnica