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The Resource Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt

Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt

Label
Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history
Title
Lincoln's code
Title remainder
the laws of war in American history
Statement of responsibility
John Fabian Witt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"By one of the nation's foremost legal historians, a groundbreaking history of the pioneering American role in establishing the modern laws of war. In the fateful closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, Abraham Lincoln's top military advisors commissioned a code of rules to govern the armies of the United States in a newly intensified war effort. The code Lincoln issued the next spring helped shape the remaining two years of Civil War. Its rules on torture, prisoners of war, assassination, and more quickly became foundations of the modern laws of war and today's Geneva Conventions. Yet the hidden story of Lincoln's code, and of the decades of controversy that lay behind it, has never been told. In this masterful and strikingly original history, John Witt charts the alternately troubled and triumphant course of the laws of war in America from the Founding Founders to the dawn of the modern era, revealing the history of a code that reshaped the laws of war the world over. Ranging from the Revolution to the War of 1812, from war with Mexico to the Civil War, from Indian wars to the brutal counterinsurgency campaign in the Philippines, Witt tells a story that features presidents as well as men in the throes of battle, one that spans war-makers and pacifists, Indians and slaves. In a time of heated controversy about the nation's conduct in the war on terror, Lincoln's Code is a compelling story of ideals under pressure and a landmark contribution to our understanding of the American experience."--
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Provided by publisher
Awards note
Pulitzer Prize for History finalist, 2013.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Witt, John Fabian
Dewey number
343.73/01
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
KF7210
LC item number
.W58 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Military law
  • War
  • War and emergency legislation
  • War (International law)
  • United States
Label
Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-470) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Smashing things to the sea
  • Soldiers and gentlemen
  • Glenn's brigade
  • Epilogue
  • The rights of humanity
  • The rules of civilized warfare
  • A false feeling of mercy
  • Rules of wrong
  • We don't practise the law of nations
  • Blood is the rich dew of history
  • Act of justice
  • To save the country
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 498 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781416576174
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012006187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 664026
  • (OCoLC)759913713
  • (OCoLC)ocn759913713
  • 664026
Label
Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history, John Fabian Witt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-470) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Smashing things to the sea
  • Soldiers and gentlemen
  • Glenn's brigade
  • Epilogue
  • The rights of humanity
  • The rules of civilized warfare
  • A false feeling of mercy
  • Rules of wrong
  • We don't practise the law of nations
  • Blood is the rich dew of history
  • Act of justice
  • To save the country
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 498 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781416576174
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012006187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 664026
  • (OCoLC)759913713
  • (OCoLC)ocn759913713
  • 664026

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