Just and Unjust Wars A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

ISBN-10: 0465037070

ISBN-13: 9780465037070

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Walzer

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This classic work of political ethics has radically reconfigured the way that we think about war. From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved--participants, decision makers, and victims. In his introduction to this new edition, Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq, reminding us once again that "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity."
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List price: $19.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Preface to the Fourth Edition
The Moral Reality of War
Against "Realism"
The Realist Argument
The Melian Dialogue
Strategy and Morality
Historical Relativism
Three Accounts of Agincourt
The Crime of War
The Logic of War
The Argument of Karl von Clausewitz
The Limit of Consent
The Tyranny of War
General Sherman and the Burning of Atlanta
The Rules of War
The Moral Equality of Soldiers
The Case of Hitler's Generals
Two Sorts of Rules
The War Convention
The Example of Surrender
The Theory of Aggression
Law and Order in International Society
The Rights of Political Communities
The Case of Alsace-Lorraine
The Legalist Paradigm
Unavoidable Categories
Karl Marx and the Franco-Prussian War
The Argument for Appeasement
Czechoslovakia and the Munich Principle
Preventive War and the Balance of Power
The War of the Spanish Succession
Pre-emptive Strikes
The Six Day War
Self-Determination and Self-Help
The Argument of John Stuart Mill
The Hungarian Revolution
Civil War
The American War in Vietnam
Humanitarian Intervention
Cuba, 1898, and Bangladesh, 1971
War's Ends, and the Importance of Winning
Unconditional Surrender
Allied Policy in World War II
Justice in Settlements
The Korean War
The War Convention
War's Means, and the Importance of Fighting Well
Utility and Proportionality
The Argument of Henry Sidgwick
Human Rights
The Rape of the Italian Women
Noncombatant Immunity and Military Necessity
The Status of Individuals
Naked Soldiers
The Nature of Necessity (1)
Submarine Warfare: The Laconia Affair
Double Effect
Bombardment in Korea
The Bombing of Occupied France and the Vemork Raid
War Against Civilians: Sieges and Blockades
Coercion and Responsibility
The Siege of Jerusalem, 72 A.D.
The Right to Leave
The Siege of Leningrad
Taking Aim and the Doctrine of Double Effect
The British Blockade of Germany
Guerrilla War
Resistance to Military Occupation
A Partisan Attack
The Rights of Guerrilla Fighters
The Rights of Civilian Supporters
The American "Rules of Engagement" in Vietnam
The Political Code
The Russian Populists, the IRA, and the Stern Gang
The Vietcong Assassination Campaign
Violence and Liberation
Jean-Paul Sartre and the Battle of Algiers
Deterrence Without Retribution
The FFI Prisoners at Annecy
The Problem of Peacetime Reprisals
The Attack on Khibye and the Beirut Raid
Dilemmas of War
Winning and Fighting Well
"Asinine Ethics"
Chairman Mao and the Battle of the River Hung
The Sliding Scale and the Argument from Extremity
Aggression and Neutrality
The Right to Be Neutral
The Nature of Necessity (2)
The Rape of Belgium
The Sliding Scale
Winston Churchill and Norwegian Neutrality
Supreme Emergency
The Nature of Necessity (3)
Overriding the Rules of War
The Decision to Bomb German Cities
The Limits of Calculation
Nuclear Deterrence
The Problem of Immoral Threats
Limited Nuclear War
The Argument of Paul Ramsey
The Question of Responsibility
The Crime of Aggression: Political Leaders and Citizens
The World of Officials
Nuremberg: "The Ministries Case"
Democratic Responsibilities
The American People and the Vietnam War
War Crimes: Soldiers and Their Officers
In the Heat of Battle
Two Accounts of Killing Prisoners
Superior Orders
The My Lai Massacre
Command Responsibility
General Bradley and the Bombing of St. Lo
The Case of General Yamashita
The Nature of Necessity (4)
The Dishonoring of Arthur Harris
Afterword: Nonviolence and the Theory of War
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