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War and War Crimes: The Military, Legitimacy and Success in Armed Conflict

James Gow


The laws of war have always been concerned with issues of necessity and proportionality, but how are these principles applied in modern warfare? What are the pressures on practitioners where an increasing emphasis on legality is the norm? Where do such boundaries lie in the contexts, means, and methods of contemporary war? What is wrong, or right, in the view of military-political practitioners, in how those concepts relate to today’s means and methods of war? These are among the issues addressed in this analysis of war and war crimes, which draws upon research conducted over many years with d ... More

Keywords: laws of war, modern warfare, legality, means of war, war crimes, military strategy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199327027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Gow, author
King's College London