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Many assume that in international politics, and especially in war, "anything goes". Civil War general William Sherman said war "is all hell". The implication behind the maxim is that in war, as in hell, there is no order, only chaos; no mercy, only cruelty; no restraint, only suffering.<P>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 Two, 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.<P>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.

Table of Contents

Ethics, norms, and the study of international relations — Principle meets power : groundwork for an analysis of ethical norms — International assassination — Aerial bombing to 1945 : a frightful cataclysm — Aerial bombing since 1945 : a norm revived — The limits of international ethics.

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ISBN:
9780801487415
Author:
Thomas, Ward
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Location:
Ithaca
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Political ethics
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs (Paperback)
Series Volume:
00-486
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.62 in. .73 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics

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