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War and Law since 1945

Geoffrey Best


Civilization has long sought to limit the violence and ugliness of war. This book traces the recent history of these efforts and explores important contemporary issues in the area. The book shows how the Second World War prompted reconstruction of international law, and charts the fortunes of its relations with war since then. He surveys the whole range of contemporary armed conflicts — high-tech international wars, wars of national liberation, revolutionary risings and civil wars. Far more than a litany of the trouble-spots and tragedies of the second half of the twentieth century, this book ... More

Keywords: civilization, violence, ethics, war, international law, armed conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Best, author
Universities of Edinburgh and Sussex