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War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

by Mary L. Dudziak


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War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

When is wartime? On the surface, it 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," as the Administration announced an "end to conflict in Iraq," even though conflict on the ground is ongoing. It is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime. 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. 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)

About the Author

Mary L. Dudziak is Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School. Her books include Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey and Cold War Civil Rights.

Table of Contents

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

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Droque More than 1 year ago
It suggest an end to the War Time Continuum: The United Nation needs to place a Peace Time Clock in its entrance with the names of nations that would end their nuclear arsenal & ballistic missiles when every nation has signed its social contract for Peace on Earth & Good Will to All. When every nation has signed the Peace Contract the U.N. would be allowed to dismantle their war armory. View our Website & Video that would support this movement towards prosperity & peace.