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The Ethics of War (Paperback)

Author:  A. J. Coates
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0719040469
ISBN-13: 9780719040467
Sku: 203867298
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1T
Pages:  320
 
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Drawing on the history of warfare from the Crusades to the present day, The Ethics of War explores the limits and possibilities of the moral regulation of war and focuses on the tensions that exist between war and morality. In Part One, A. J. Coates compares the image of a just war to the competing images of realism, militarism and pacifism. In the second part, the moral issues associated with the decision to go to war and with the manner in which war is conducted are explored. Was the allied decision to go to war in the Gulf premature? Were economic sanctions a more effective and morally preferable option? Did the Allied bombing of Germany in World War II constitute a war crime? Should the IRA's claim to belligerent status be recognized? These questions and more are raised in this important book.
Drawing on examples from the history of warfare from the crusades to the present day, "The ethics of war" explores the limits and possibilities of the moral regulation of war. While resisting the commonly held view that 'war is hell', A.J. Coates focuses on the tensions which exist between war and morality. The argument is conducted from a just war standpoint, though the moral ambiguity and mixed record of that tradition is acknowledge and the dangers which an exaggerated view of the justice or moral worth of war poses are underlined. In the first part, the broad image of the just war is compared with the competing images of realism, militarism and pacifism. In the second part, the moral issues associated both with the decision to go to war and with the manner in which war is conducted are explored. Was the allied decision to go to war in the Gulf premature? were economic sanctions a more effective and morally preferable option? was Britain justified in going to war over the Falklands? did the allied bombing of Germany in the Second World War constitute a war crime? should the IRA's claim to belligerent status be recognised? these questions and more are raised in this important book.
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Product attributePublisher:   Manchester University Press
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