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Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History By John Fabian Witt,

  • Title: Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
  • Author: John Fabian Witt
  • ISBN: 9781416569831
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pulitzer Prize Finalist Bancroft Prize WinnerABA Silver Gavel Award WinnerA New York Times Notable Book of the YearIn the closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham Lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for US armies It announced standards of conduct in wartime concerning torture, prisoners of war, civiliPulitzer Prize Finalist Bancroft Prize WinnerABA Silver Gavel Award WinnerA New York Times Notable Book of the YearIn the closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham Lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for US armies It announced standards of conduct in wartime concerning torture, prisoners of war, civilians, spies, and slaves that shaped the course of the Civil War By the twentieth century, Lincoln s code would be incorporated into the Geneva Conventions and form the basis of a new international law of war.In this deeply original book, John Fabian Witt tells the fascinating history of the laws of war and its eminent cast of characters Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Lincoln as they crafted the articles that would change the course of world history Witt s engrossing exploration of the dilemmas at the heart of the laws of war is a prehistory of our own era Lincoln s Code reveals that the heated controversies of twenty first century warfare have roots going back to the beginnings of American history It is a compelling story of ideals under pressure and a landmark contribution to our understanding of the American experience.
    Lincoln s Code The Laws of War in American History Pulitzer Prize Finalist Bancroft Prize WinnerABA Silver Gavel Award WinnerA New York Times Notable Book of the YearIn the closing days of just three weeks before Emancipation the administration

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    1. I bought after the author gave a talk to my class The book can be divided into two parts The first is the establishment of the laws of transit and free trade at the beginning of American history The second, and greatest part, focuses on the application of what is now known as the law of land warfare to the American Civil War The second section is very thorough and detailed examination of the growth of norms within the Civil War At times the details become a distraction from the author s main poi [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book It was a great overview of the development of the law of war in the United States, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.

    3. John Fabian Witt has written an outstanding history of the laws of war culminating in the 1863 Lieber Code in the civil war Lincoln s Code is scholarship at its finest.

    4. This an unparalleled book of intellectual, legal, and military history, one that shows how ideas can exert real power in shaping events, and how events can in turn shape ideas Throughout much of history, the laws of war was regarded as an oxymoron Cicero said that in times of war, laws are mute, while Cervantes agreed that all was fair in war or love New Enlightenment ideals, however, tried to cabin the horrors of war and make it civilized The philosopher and poet Emmerich Vattel argued that si [...]

    5. Many people would regard the phrase laws of war as an oxymoron the idea that anything as destructive and barbaric as war could operate within a legal framework with rules and limits would seem laughable, and pointless besides Prior to the Enlightenment that would have the opinion across much of the world War was hell, war was brutal, in war anything was justified in the name of a righteous cause and who would go to war without believing their cause was righteous And yet how could both sides be r [...]

    6. The history of military commissions and the evolution of the laws of war in the US and how that evolution influenced the world of international laws of war The main focus is on the Civil War There is discussion of how things evolved from there but it s brief Some discussion on the 1898 war with Spain and conflict in the Philippines Very little discussion relating to anything from WWI thru the first Gulf war but a chapter or two at the end discussing torture, which was mentioned only in passing i [...]

    7. Facinating examination of the evolution of American legal thought on warfare Witt provides ample context for the actions of the Lincoln Administration with his examination of war in the first eight decades of the American Republic He does an excellent job of exploring the idea that total war is humane due to a quicker and lasting outcome than that fought under a set of arbitrary rules This book touches on two of my favorite areas, the evolution of justifying conflict and the demystification of [...]

    8. This was quite an interesting book it taught me a lot about an aspect of the Civil War times and President Lincoln that I never knew before Though it was a slow read , I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in history, particularly those interested in Lincoln and the Civil War time period.

    9. Excellent study of development of principles concerning ethical conduct of war even if that may be a bit of an oxymoron Lieber s work under Lincoln s direction has had lasting impact on the world Witt does a great job of showing the factors that have played into this process, and some of the motivations behind them.

    10. Fascinating overview of history and ideas behind laws of war Focused on US but expansive in time going from before the Revolution and past the Civil War Only a little comment on present day issues.Central theme is how the country s interest at the time drove policy than principle.

    11. There s an interesting number of facts I wasn t aware of before reading this, but the prose is unfortunately droning, causing the book to feel like a rambling school lecture going on way too long, piling on details without any spark or humanity.

    12. Very interesting How do you deal with escaped slaves, guerrillas, what can you destroy, can you shell a town The Rules of War tries to answer these questions Lincoln s issuance of rules of war had world wide impact Interesting book.

    13. A fascinating look at the origins of the laws of armed conflict This is a very relevant subject today Just think armed drones.

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