Massacres and Morality PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Massacres and Morality free pdf Most cultural and legal codes agree that the intentional killing of civilians, whether in peacetime or war, is prohibited. This is the norm of civilian immunity, widely considered to be a fundamental moral and legal principle. Yet despite this fact, the deliberate killing of large numbers of civilians remains a persistent feature of global political life. What is more, the perpetrators have often avoided criticism and punishment. Examining dozens of episodes of mass killing perpetrated by states since the French Revolution late eighteenth century, this book attempts to explain this paradox. It studies the role that civilian immunity has played in shaping the behaviour of perpetrators and how international society has responded to mass killing. The book argues that although the world has made impressive progress in legislating against the intentional killing of civilians and in constructing institutions to give meaning to that prohibition, the norm's history in practice suggests that the ascendancy of civilian immunity is both more recent and more fragile than might otherwise be thought. In practice, decisions to violate a norm are shaped by factors relating to the norm and the situation at hand, so too is the manner in which international society and individual states respond to norm violations. Responses to norm violations are not simply matters of normative obligation or calculations of self-interest but are instead guided by a combination of these logics as well as perceptions about the situation at hand, existing relations with the actors involved, and power relations between actors holding different accounts of the situation. Thus, whilst civilian immunity has for the time being prevailed over 'anti-civilian ideologies' which seek to justify mass killing, it remains challenged by these ideologies and its implementation shaped by individual circumstances. As a result, whilst it has become much more difficult for states to get away with mass murder, it is still not entirely impossible for them to do so.

About Alex J. Bellamy

Alex J. Bellamy he served as Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect from 2007-2010, and before that as Professor of International Relations at The University of Queensland. Before moving to Australia, he taught Defence Studies for King's College London at the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Details Book

Author : Alex J. Bellamy
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Data Published : 27 September 2012
ISBN : 0199288429
EAN : 9780199288427
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 464 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Massacres and Morality



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • Anzacs free pdfAnzacs

    An accomplished study of the interactions of journalists. soldiers and civilians at a time when lying. particularly in the national interest. was not only the norm. but considered a patriotic duty..


  • Observing Norm, Observing Usage free pdfObserving Norm, Observing Usage

    This volume includes a collection of studies on the interplay between norm and usage in lexis. which is explored by looking at both dictionaries and the media. The title features the polysemous verb to observe..


  • Observing Norm, Observing Usage free pdfObserving Norm, Observing Usage

    This volume includes a collection of studies on the interplay between norm and usage in lexis. which is explored by looking at both dictionaries and the media. The title features the polysemous verb to observe..


  • Military-Civilian Interactions free pdfMilitary-Civilian Interactions

    Is it possible and worthwhile to use the military in conjunction with humanitarian action to thwart violence and mitigate civilian suffering. This timely book seeks to answer this question by looking at the contemporary context and history of military-civilian interactions..


  • Killing Jesus free pdfKilling Jesus

    Millions of people have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Lincoln." works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history..


  • Massacres and Morality free pdfMassacres and Morality

    Book Download ePub. Most cultural and legal codes agree that the intentional killing of civilians, whether in peacetime or war, is prohibited. This is the norm of civilian immunity, widely considered