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War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

ISBN : 9780199315857

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¥2,915
Author: 
Mary L. Dudziak
Pages
232 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
141 x 209 mm
Pub date
Sep 2013
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When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," when it is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime. In this inventive meditation on war, time, and the law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not as discrete a time period as we like to think. Instead, America has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for over a century. Meanwhile policy makers and the American public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. This has two consequences: first, because war is thought to be exceptional, "wartime" remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial; and second, ongoing warfare is enabled by the inattention of the American people. More disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, public disengagement leaves us without political restraints on the exercise of American war powers.

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Table of Contents
Introduction
1. What Time is It?
2. When Was World War II?
3. What Kind of War Was the Cold War?
4. What is a War on Terror?
Conclusion

About the author: 

Mary L. Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory Law School. Her books include Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey and Cold War Civil Rights.

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