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The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war

Author: James Q Whitman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
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Slaughter in battle was once seen as a legitimate way to settle disputes. When pitched battles ceased to exist, the law of victory gave way to the rule of unbridled force. Whitman explains why  Read more...

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History
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Whitman, James Q., 1957-
Verdict of battle.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2012022176
(OCoLC)792887516
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Q Whitman
ISBN: 9780674068117 0674068114
OCLC Number: 815276601
Description: 1 online resource (323 pages)
Contents: Why battles matter --
Accepting the wager of battle --
Laying just claim to the profits of war --
The monarchical monopolization of military violence --
Were there really rules? --
The death of pitched battle.
Responsibility: James Q. Whitman.

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