Law and War: An American Story / Edition 1

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Overview

When does the waging of war become a criminal act? And who is in a position to judge? Ranging from the American Indian wars to the Civil War to World War I, and culminating with the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials following the Second World War, Peter Maguire provides much-needed historical perspective on the crucial and ever more urgent issues of war and justice. His examples illustrate the gradations of political justice and the perpetual redefinition of war crimes across three continents and more than a century of American foreign policy.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

A 'must read' book for all those interested in international criminal law, war crimes, and war crime trials.

American Historical Review - Michael R. Belknap

Outstanding... impressive... this is a terrific book.

Journal of American History - Peter Black

Perceptive.

Harvard Law Review

[An] intriguing historical analysis.

Choice

A 'must read' book for all those interested in international criminal law, war crimes, and war crime trials.

American Historical Review
Outstanding... impressive... this is a terrific book.

— Michael R. Belknap, University of California, San Diego

Journal of American History
Perceptive.

— Peter Black, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Booknews
McGuire, a specialist in law and war, discusses the revolutionary legal and political precedents set by the Nuremberg trials. Drawing on secret correspondence between State Department legal advisors and the American members of various Allied war crimes parole boards, he analyzes how the Nazi war criminals were paroled well before the end of their original prison sentences in the interest of international politics, thus revealing the range and gradations of justice across three continents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231120517
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Maguire has taught the law and theory of war at Columbia University and Bard College. He was the historical advisor for the documentary Nuremberg: A Courtroom Drama.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Law and War: An American Story2. The Changing Rules of War and Peace3. The American War Crimes Program4. Shifting Priorities5. Nuremberg: A Cold War Conflict of Interest6. The War Criminals and the Restoration of West German SovereigntyConclusionGlossary

Columbia University Press

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