War Time An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

ISBN-10: 019931585X
ISBN-13: 9780199315857
Edition: 2013
Authors: Mary L. Dudziak
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Description: When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," when it is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime.  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," when it is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime. In this inventive meditation on war, time, and the law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not as discrete a time period as we like to think. Instead, America has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for over a century. Meanwhile policy makers and the American public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. This has two consequences: first, because war is thought to be exceptional, "wartime" remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial; and second, ongoing warfare is enabled by the inattention of the American people. More disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, public disengagement leaves us without political restraints on the exercise of American war powers.Visit http://wartimebook.blogspot.com/ to learn more.

Mary L. Dudziak is professor of law, history, and political science at the University of Southern California. Her books include "Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey", "September 11 in History", and "Legal Borderlands".

Introduction
What Time Is It?
When Was World War II?
What Kind of War Was the Cold War?
What Is a War on Terror?
Conclusion
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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