Just Wars: From Cicero to Iraq / Edition 1

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In what circumstances is it legitimate to use force? How should force be used? These are two of the most crucial questions confronting world politics today.

The Just War tradition provides a set of criteria which political leaders and soldiers use to defend and rationalize war. This book explores the evolution of thinking about just wars and examines its role in shaping contemporary judgements about the use of force, from grand strategic issues of whether states have a right to pre-emptive self-defence, to the minutiae of targeting.

Bellamy maps the evolution of the Just War tradition, demonstrating how it arose from a myriad of sub-traditions, including scholasticism, the holy war tradition, chivalry, natural law, positive law, Erasmus and Kant's reformism, and realism from Machiavelli to Morgenthau. He then applies this tradition to a range of contemporary normative dilemmas related to terrorism, pre-emption, aerial bombardment and humanitarian intervention.

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Editorial Reviews

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"One could not wish for a more tightly developed set of empiricalcases ... Bellamy produces a very thoughtful narrative, emphasizingthe disparate elements that comprise the modern just wartradition."

"A model of careful and balanced discussion ... Bellamy strikesjust the right balance between rigorous examination of generalconcepts and consideration of the concrete aspects of particularcases."
Henry Shue, Survival

“A convincing analysis of the emergence of internationallaw and the dominance of realism after the Second World War [and]an excellent application of this theoretical and historicalnarrative to contemporary issues.”
Political Studies Review

"This is an engaging book that captures the breadth and depth ofarguments over why and how we should kill one another."
International Affairs

"A book to admire and to argue with – in other words, thebest sort of book."
Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745632827
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Bellamy is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements.

Introduction -.


Chapter 1: Antiquity -.

Chapter 2: The Middle Ages –.

Chapter 3: Renaissance and Reformation –.

Chapter 4: From Holy War to Enlightenment –.

Chapter 5: Modernity and Beyond –.


Chapter 6: The Just War Tradition Today –.

Chapter 7: Terrorism –.

Chapter 8: Pre-emption –.

Chapter 9: Aerial Bombing –.

Chapter 10: Humanitarian Intervention –.


Bibliography –.


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