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Massacres and Morality: Mass Atrocities in an Age of Civilian Immunity

Alex J. Bellamy


Most cultural and legal codes agree that the intentional killing of civilians, whether in peacetime or war, is prohibited. This is the norm of civilian immunity, widely considered to be a fundamental moral and legal principle. Yet despite this fact, the deliberate killing of large numbers of civilians remains a persistent feature of global political life. What is more, the perpetrators have often avoided criticism and punishment. This book attempts to explain the paradox by examining dozens of episodes of genocide and mass killing since the French Revolution, including those associated with co ... More

Keywords: civilian immunity, mass atrocities, genocide, colonialism, totalitarianism, Second World War, Cold War, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199288427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex J. Bellamy, author
Professor of International Security, Griffith Asia Institute/Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia.