War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice A Global History

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In this sweeping, definitive work, leading human rights scholar David M. Crowe offers an unflinching look at the long and troubled history of genocide and war crimes. From atrocities in the ancient world to more recent horrors in Nazi Germany, Cambodia, and Rwanda, Crowe reveals not only the disturbing consistency they have shown over time, but also the often heroic efforts that nations and individuals have made to break seemingly intractable patterns of violence and retribution—in particular, the struggle to create a universally accepted body of international humanitarian law. He traces the emergence of the idea of 'just war,' early laws of war, the first Geneva Conventions, the Hague peace conferences, and the efforts following World Wars I and II to bring to justice those who violated international law. He also provides incisive accounts of some of the darkest episodes in recent world history, covering violations of human rights law in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, the Iran-Iraq war, Korea, Tibet, and many other contexts. With valuable insights into some of the most vexing issues of today—including controversial US efforts to bring alleged terrorists to justice at Guantánamo Bay, and the challenges facing the International Criminal Court—this is an essential work for understanding humankind's long and often troubled history.

Author Biography

David M. Crowe is a professor of History and Law at Elon University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and has taught at Central European University in Budapest. His most recent books include Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story behind the List (2004; History Book Club selection), A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia, Second Edition (2007; History Book Club selection), and The Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath (2008). His work has been featured in articles in the New York Times, Jerusalem Post, Evening Standard, Washington Post, and other publications.

Table of Contents

1. Crimes of War: Antiquity to the Middle Ages

2. War and Crimes in China and Post-Medieval Europe

3. Crimes and Colonialism

4. The Birth of the Modern Laws of War: Lieber to Versailles

5. Peace, Law, and the Crimes of World War II

6. The Nuremberg IMT Trial

7. The Tokyo IMT Trial

8. Post-World War II National Trials in Europe and Asia

9. The Genocide and Geneva Conventions: Lemkin, Tibet, Guatemala, and the Korean War

10. IHL: The Soviet-Afghan War, Saddam Hussein, Ad Hoc Tribunals, and Guantánamo

Epilogue: The International Criminal Court

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