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Just Wars
By Alex J. Bellamy

Just Wars

From Cicero to Iraq

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Just Wars by Alex J. Bellamy

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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 pre-emptive 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745632834
ISBN-10: 0745632831
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 154mm x 21mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Providing Peacekeepers by Alex J. Bellamy Providing Peacekeepers, Hardback (May 2013)

Providing Peacekeepers analyzes the factors which encourage (or discourage) states from contributing their soldiers to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations. It focuses on the UN's experiences during the twenty-first century and does so through four thematic and sixteen case study chapters.

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Author Biography - Alex J. Bellamy

Alex Bellamy is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland.

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