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

Overview - Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Bancroft Prize Winner
ABA Silver Gavel Award Winner
A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year
In 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.
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More About Lincoln's Code by John Fabian Witt
 
 
 
Overview
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Bancroft Prize Winner
ABA Silver Gavel Award Winner
A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year
In 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416576174
  • ISBN-10: 1416576177
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publish Date: July 2013
  • Page Count: 498


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