Law and War

An American Story

Peter Maguire

Columbia University Press

Law and War

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Pub Date: March 2001

ISBN: 9780231120517

480 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $34.00£25.00

Pub Date: March 2001

ISBN: 9780231120500

480 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $95.00£70.00

Law and War

An American Story

Peter Maguire

Columbia University Press

When does the waging of war become a criminal act? And who is in a position to judge? Ranging from the American Indian wars to the Civil War to World War I, and culminating with the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials following the Second World War, Peter Maguire provides much-needed historical perspective on the crucial and ever more urgent issues of war and justice. His examples illustrate the gradations of political justice and the perpetual redefinition of war crimes across three continents and more than a century of American foreign policy.

[An] intriguing historical analysis.

Harvard Law Review

A 'must read' book for all those interested in international criminal law, war crimes, and war crime trials.

Choice

Outstanding... impressive... this is a terrific book.

Michael R. Belknap, University of California, San Diego, American Historical Review

Perceptive.

Peter Black, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Journal of American History

An important and fascinating study, marked by impressive research and moral passion, of war atrocities and legal guilt—from Wounded Knee to Nuremberg

Ronald Steel, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

Electrifying! A brilliant portrayal of events and personages.... A five-star accomplishment that will intrigue the reader and prove that, in history, truth is often more fascinating than fiction.

H. W. William Caming, former Nuremberg prosecutor
Introduction
1. Law and War: An American Story
2. The Changing Rules of War and Peace
3. The American War Crimes Program
4. Shifting Priorities
5. Nuremberg: A Cold War Conflict of Interest
6. The War Criminals and the Restoration of West German Sovereignty
Conclusion
Glossary

About the Author

Peter Maguire has taught the law and theory of war at Columbia University and Bard College. He was the historical advisor for the documentary Nuremberg: A Courtroom Drama.