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The Resource Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt

Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt

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Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history
Title
Lincoln's code
Title remainder
the laws of war in American history
Statement of responsibility
John Fabian Witt
Title variation
Lincolns code
Title variation remainder
the laws of war in American history
Creator
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"By one of the nation's foremost legal historians, a groundbreaking history of the pioneering American role in establishing the modern laws of war.In the fateful closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, Abraham Lincoln's top military advisors commissioned a code of rules to govern the armies of the United States in a newly intensified war effort. The code Lincoln issued the next spring helped shape the remaining two years of Civil War. Its rules on torture, prisoners of war, assassination, and more quickly became foundations of the modern laws of war and today's Geneva Conventions. Yet the hidden story of Lincoln's code, and of the decades of controversy that lay behind it, has never been told. In this masterful and strikingly original history, John Witt charts the alternately troubled and triumphant course of the laws of war in America from the Founding Founders to the dawn of the modern era, revealing the history of a code that reshaped the laws of war the world over. Ranging from the Revolution to the War of 1812, from war with Mexico to the Civil War, from Indian wars to the brutal counterinsurgency campaign in the Philippines, Witt tells a story that features presidents as well as men in the throes of battle, one that spans war-makers and pacifists, Indians and slaves. In a time of heated controversy about the nation's conduct in the war on terror, Lincoln's Code is a compelling story of ideals under pressure and a landmark contribution to our understanding of the American experience. "--
Summary
A Yale historian and author of The Accidental Republic presents the story of the pioneering American role in establishing modern laws of war, recounting decades of controversy and debate that resulted in a code of conduct adopted by the 16th President in the final years of the Civil War that influenced subsequent military conflicts
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New York Times Notable Book, 2012.
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10144599
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Witt, John Fabian
Dewey number
343.73/01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Military law
  • War
  • War and emergency legislation
  • United States
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • War (International law)
Target audience
adult
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the laws of war in American history
Label
Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Smashing things to the sea
  • Soldiers and gentlemen
  • Glenn's brigade
  • Epilogue
  • The rights of humanity
  • The rules of civilized warfare
  • A false feeling of mercy
  • Rules of wrong
  • We don't practise the law of nations
  • Blood is the rich dew of history
  • Act of justice
  • To save the country
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 498 pages
Isbn
9781416569831
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2012006187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)759913713
  • ocn759913713
  • OCoLC
Label
Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Smashing things to the sea
  • Soldiers and gentlemen
  • Glenn's brigade
  • Epilogue
  • The rights of humanity
  • The rules of civilized warfare
  • A false feeling of mercy
  • Rules of wrong
  • We don't practise the law of nations
  • Blood is the rich dew of history
  • Act of justice
  • To save the country
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Free Press hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 498 pages
Isbn
9781416569831
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2012006187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)759913713
  • ocn759913713
  • OCoLC

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