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The Ethics of Destruction : Norms and Force in International Relations / Ward Thomas.

Author/Creator:
Thomas, Ward, author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
International relations -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Political ethics.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Many assume that in international politics, and especially in war, "anything goes." Sherman famously declared war "is all hell." The implication behind the maxim is that in war there is no order, only chaos; no mercy, only cruelty; no restraint, only suffering.Ward Thomas finds that this "anything goes" view is demonstrably wrong. It neither reflects how most people talk about the use of force in international relations nor describes the way national leaders actually use military force. Events such as those in Europe during World War II, in the Persian Gulf War, and in Kosovo cannot be understood, he argues, until we realize that state behavior, even during wartime, is shaped by common understandings about what is ethically acceptable and unacceptable.Thomas makes extensive use of two cases-the assassination of foreign leaders and the aerial bombardment of civilians-to trace the relative influence of norms and interests. His insistence on interconnections between ethical principle and material power leads to a revised understanding of the role of normative factors in foreign policy and the ways in which power and interest shape the international system.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
1. Ethics, Norms, and the Study of International Relations
2. Principle Meets Power: Groundwork for an Analysis of Ethical Norms
3. International Assassination: "An Infamous and Execrable Practice"
4. Aerial Bombing to 1945: "A Frightful Cataclysm"
5. Aerial Bombing since 1945: A Norm Revived
6. The Limits of International Ethics
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 16. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780801471698
OCLC:
1076724702
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9780801471698 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.