War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

by Mary L. Dudziak
     
 

On the surface, "wartime" is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," where it is no longer easy to distinguish between times of war and times of peace.

In this inventive meditation on war, time, and the law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not

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Overview

On the surface, "wartime" is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," where it is no longer easy to distinguish between times of war and times of peace.

In this inventive meditation on war, time, and the law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not as discrete a time period as we like to think. Instead, America has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for over a century. Meanwhile policy makers and the American public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. This has two consequences: first, because war is thought to be exceptional, "wartime" remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial; and second, ongoing warfare is enabled by the inattention of the American people. More disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, public disengagement leaves us without political restraints on the exercise of American war powers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199775231
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction
1. What Time is It?
2. When Was World War II?
3. What Kind of War Was the Cold War?
4. What is a War on Terror?
Conclusion

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