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Lincoln on trial : southern civilians and the law of war

Lincoln on trial : southern civilians and the law of war

Author: Burrus M Carnahan
Publisher: Louisville : University Press of Kentucky, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
In light of recent controversies and legal actions related to America's treatment of enemy prisoners in the Middle East and Guant?namo Bay, the regulation of government during wartime has become a volatile issue on the global scene. By today's standards, Lincoln's adherence to the laws of war could be considered questionable, and his critics, past and present, have not hesitated to charge that he was a war criminal.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Burrus M Carnahan
ISBN: 9780813134598 0813134595 9780813173665 0813173663
OCLC Number: 1056991801
Notes: Reprint. Originally published in 2010.
Description: 165 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : crisis at Baltimore --
"With the law of war in time of war" : applying international law to a civil war --
"Property, both of enemies and friends, may be taken when needed" : seizure and destruction of civilian property --
"Strong measures, deemed indispensable but harsh at best" : retaliation and guerrilla warfare --
"War, at the best, is terrible" : devastation and command responsibility --
"Can you get near enough to throw shells into the city?" : personal injury to civilians --
Conclusion: "Government should not act for revenge."
Responsibility: Burrus M. Carnahan.


Carnahan specifically scrutinizes Lincoln's conduct toward Southerners in light of the international legal standards of his time as the president wrestled with issues that included bombardment of  Read more...


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