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James Q. WhitmanThe Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War

Harvard University Press, 2012

by Siobhan Mukerji on April 3, 2015

James Q. Whitman

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In The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (Harvard University Press, 2012),  Yale Law School Professor James Q. Whitman dissects the law behind eighteenth century European land wars. Whitman's impressive attempt to sort out the intellectual path of the laws of war leaves us with a clearer understanding of the factors that narrowed the scope of destructive warfare in the 18th century.

 

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Colonel Ty SeiduleThe West Point History of the Civil War

March 13, 2015

We’re very fortunate to be joined by the editor of The West Point History of the Civil War (Simon and Schuster, 2014), the Head of the History Department at the United States Military Academy, Colonel Ty Seidule. Unlike most surveys, the new West Point History of the Civil War draws upon some of the best talent […]

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Ken SwopeThe Military Collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty, 1618-44

February 11, 2015

Our interview with Kenneth M. Swope about his book, The Military Collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1618-44 (Routledge, 2014), published through Routledge, is an effort to address an oversight in how New Books in Military History has generally overlooked both early modern history and works that have an exclusively non-Eurocentric focus. Swope's book presents a […]

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Jan LemnitzerPower, Law and the End of Privateering

January 22, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Law] Jan Lemnitzer’s new book Power, Law and the End of Privateering (Palgrave, 2014) offers an exciting new take on the relationship between law and power, exposing the delicate balance between great powers and small states that is necessary to create and enforce norms across the globe. The 1856 Declaration of Paris marks the precise […]

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Elizabeth SchmidtForeign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror

January 21, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in African Studies] Elizabeth Schmidt's Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013) depicts the foreign political and military interventions in Africa during the periods of decolonization (1956-75) and the Cold War (1945-91), as well as the periods of state collapse (1991-2001) and the “global war on […]

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Glen Jeansonne and David LuhrssenWar on the Silver Screen: Shaping America’s Perception of History

January 5, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Film] War has been a constant topic for feature films since the invention of the motion picture camera. These events made for interesting stories and dynamic visual representations. In their book, War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America's Perception of History (Potomac Books, 2014),  Glen Jeansonne and David Luhrssen discussed a number of films that dealt with conflicts over […]

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Charles F. WalkerThe Tupac Amaru Rebellion

December 23, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Latin American Studies]  Charles F. Walker’s book The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard University Press, 2014) charts the rise, fall, and legacy of a massive uprising in colonial Peru.  Indigenous societies in the Andes labored under heavy taxes, tributes, and discrimination imposed by the Spanish imperial state.  Walker’s monograph follows the rebellion of […]

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Mark R. AndersonThe Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776

December 15, 2014

My most current guest is Mark R. Anderson, author of The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776 (University Press of New England, 2014).  Anderson’s award-winning book presents the most detailed and nuanced study of the entire Quebec campaign in print today.  Long an under-represented campaign in the general historiography […]

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Boyd CothranRemembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

December 9, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] If George Armstrong Custer had kept off of Greasy Grass that June day in 1875, Vine Deloria, Jr.'s manifesto might well have been called "Canby Died For Your Sins." The highest ranking U.S. military official to be killed in the so-called "Indian Wars," General Edward Canby's death at the […]

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Michelle MoydViolent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa

December 4, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in African Studies] In her imaginative and scrupulous book, Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa (Ohio University Press, 2014), historian Michelle Moyd writes about the askari, Africans soldiers recruited in the ranks of the German East African colonial army. Praised by Germans for their loyalty and courage, the askari were reviled by […]

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