Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

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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,… (more)

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“Every generation,” Witt writes, “has its law-of-war crisis.” This monumental book, resting on colossal archival research and packed with memorable stories and arguments, is a major contribution to making sense of ours.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Free Press (September 04, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 240 pages

File size: 24.9 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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