War Crimes, Genocide, and the Law: A Guide to the Issues: A Guide to the Issues

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ABC-CLIO, Apr 9, 2010 - Political Science - 292 pages
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This timely handbook offers an examination of man's history of war crimes and the parallel development of rules of war to prevent them in the future.

Kosovo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Darfur, Auschwitz. War crimes have occurred in regions around the world and continue to this day. Although atrocities are as old as war itself, they did not become punishable crimes until the law evolved to define them as such. War Crimes, Genocide, and the Law: A Guide to the Issues examines the types of war crimes and the motivations behind them, as well as the laws that seek to control and abolish these heinous acts.

Within the handbook, centuries of war crimes and genocides are analyzed and catalogued. At the same time, the author offers a history of the development of the rules of war, enabling readers to grasp the importance of such precedent-setting events as the 1946 Nuremberg Trials, and to see the gradual evolution of the laws intended to punish perpetrators and prevent future barbarism.

  • Copies of the original humanitarian treaties: the Civil War Lieber Code, Hague Agreements, and Geneva Conventions of 1929 and 1949
  • Images ranging from a disturbing picture from Life magazine to war crimes photos from the U.S. Military Education and Heritage Center and photos of the Nuremberg Trials
  • A robust bibliography designed to provide interested readers with a sweeping description of the most important sources available


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Chapter 1 War Crimes in History
Chapter 2 Searching for the Law
Chapter 3 The Worst War Crime of All
Chapter 4 Punishment at Last
Chapter 5 The Rules Are Changing
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Arnold Krammer is professor of history at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

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