Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia

Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia

by George Szamuely


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In the late 1990s NATO dropped bombs and supported armed insurgencies in Yugoslavia while insisting that its motives were purely humanitarian and that its only goal was peace. However, George Szamuely argues that NATO interventions actually prolonged conflicts, heightened enmity, increased casualties, and fueled demands for more interventions.

Eschewing the one-sided approach adopted by previous works on the Yugoslavian crisis, Szamuely offers a broad overview of the conflict, its role in the rise of NATO’s authority, and its influence on Western policy on the Balkans. His timely, judicious, and accessible study sheds new light on the roots of the contemporary doctrine of humanitarian intervention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789089645630
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Pages: 586
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

George Szamuely is a senior research fellow in the Global Policy Institute at London Metropolitan University. He has worked as an editor and editorial writer at the Times (UK), the Times Literary Supplement, and the National Law Journal.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Destroying Countries for Fun and for Profit

Chapter 2 In Search of the Good War

Chapter 3 Humanitarianism v. Peacemaking

Chapter 4 Humanitarianism Fulfilled: The Unsafe Areas

Chapter 5 The Denial of Sovereignty

Chapter 6 The Set-Up

Chapter 7 Standing up to Goliath

Chapter 8 Conclusion: First Do No Harm

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