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


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Bancroft Prize Winner
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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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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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