Just wars: From Cicero to Iraq

Bellamy, A J Just wars: From Cicero to Iraq. Cambridge, U.K.: Polity Press, 2006.

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Author Bellamy, A J
Title Just wars: From Cicero to Iraq
Place of Publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Polity Press
Publication year 2006
Sub-type Research book (original research)
ISBN 9780745632827
Language eng
Start page 1
End page 280
Total number of pages 280
Collection year 2006
Subjects A1
360105 International Relations
750701 Understanding international relations
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In what circumstances is it legitimate to use force? How should force be used? These are two of the most crucial questions confronting world politics today.

The Just War tradition provides a set of criteria which political leaders and soldiers use to defend and rationalize war. This book explores the evolution of thinking about just wars and examines its role in shaping contemporary judgements about the use of force, from grand strategic issues of whether states have a right to preemptive self-defence, to the minutiae of targeting.

Bellamy maps the evolution of the Just War tradition, demonstrating how it arose from a myriad of sub-traditions, including scholasticism, the holy war tradition, chivalry, natural law positive law, Erasmus and Kant's reformism, and realism from Machiavelli to Morgenthau. He then applies this tradition to a range of contemporary normative dilemmas related to terrorism, pre-emption, aerial bombardment and humanitarian intervention.
Copyright © Alex J. Bellamy 2006
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