Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

by Michael Walzer
     
 

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This classic work of political ethics has radically reconfigured the way that we think about war. 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…  See more details below

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This classic work of political ethics has radically reconfigured the way that we think about war. 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."

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
A magnificent book, an honor to its writer.
Booknews
A reprint with a new preface of Walzer's respected treatment of the morality of war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465037056
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/1977
Series:
Basic Books Classics Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
361
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Michael Walzer is professor emeritus of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, and the author of many widely heralded books, including Spheres of Injustice, Exodus and Revolution, and The Company of Critics.

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