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Purpose of Intervention Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force

ISBN-10: 0801489598
ISBN-13: 9780801489594
Edition: 2004
Authors: Martha Finnemore
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Violence or the potential for violence is a fact of human existence. Many societies, including our own, reward martial success or skill at arms. The ways in which members of a particular society use force reveal a great deal about the nature of authority within the group and about its members' priorities. Martha Finnemore uses one type of force, military intervention, as a window onto the shifting character of international society. She examines the changes, over the past 400 years, in why countries intervene militarily as well as in the ways they have intervened. It is not the fact of intervention that has altered, she says, but rather the reasons for and meaning behind intervention -- the conventional understanding of the purposes for which states can and should use force. Book jacket.

Martha Finnemore is University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University.

Acknowledgments
The Purpose of Force
Sovereign Default and Military Intervention
Changing Norms of Humanitarian Intervention
Intervention and International Order
How Purpose Changes
Measuring Material Distribution of Power
Index

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