Humanitarian intervention : a history /

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Imprint:Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Description:xv, 408 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Subject:Humanitarian intervention -- History.
Humanitarian intervention -- Case studies.
Humanitarian intervention.
Case studies.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Simms, Brendan.
Trim, D. J. B. (David J. B.)
ISBN:9780521190275 (hardback)
0521190274 (hardback)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:"The dilemma of how best to protect human rights is one of the most persistent problems facing the international community today. This unique and wide-ranging history of humanitarian intervention examines responses to oppression, persecution and mass atrocities from the emergence of the international state system and international law in the late sixteenth century, to the end of the twentieth century. Leading scholars show how opposition to tyranny and to religious persecution evolved from notions of the common interests of 'Christendom' to ultimately incorporate all people under the concept of 'human rights'. As well as examining specific episodes of intervention, the authors consider how these have been perceived and justified over time, and offer important new insights into ideas of national sovereignty, international relations and law, as well as political thought and the development of current theories of 'international community'"--
Table of Contents:
  • List of maps
  • Notes on contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1. Towards a history of humanitarian intervention
  • Part I. Early modern precedents
  • 2. 'If a prince use tyrannie towards his people': interventions on behalf of foreign populations in early modern Europe
  • 3. The Protestant interest and the history of humanitarian intervention, c. 1685-c. 1756
  • 4. 'A false principle in the Law of Nations': Burke, state sovereignty, [German] liberty, and intervention in the Age of Westphalia
  • Part II. The Great Powers and the Ottoman Empire
  • 5. 'From an umpire to a competitor': Castlereagh, Canning and the issue of international intervention in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars
  • 6. Intervening in the Jewish question, 1840-1878
  • 7. The 'principles of humanity' and the European powers' intervention in Ottoman Lebanon and Syria in 1860-1861
  • 8. The guarantees of humanity: the Concert of Europe and the origins of the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877
  • 9. The European powers' intervention in Macedonia, 1903-1908: an instance of humanitarian intervention?
  • Part III. Intervening in Africa
  • 10. The price of legitimacy in humanitarian intervention: Britain, the right of search, and the abolition of the West African slave trade, 1807-1867
  • 11. British anti-slave trade and anti-slavery policy in East Africa, Arabia, and Turkey in the late nineteenth century
  • 12. The origins of humanitarian intervention in Sudan: Anglo-American missionaries after 1899
  • Part IV. Non-European states
  • 13. Humanitarian intervention, democracy, and imperialism: the American war with Spain, 1898, and after
  • 14. The innovation of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment
  • 15. Fraternal aid, self-defence, or self-interest? Vietnam's intervention in Cambodia, 1978-1989
  • Part V. Postscript
  • 16. Humanitarian intervention since 1990 and 'liberal interventionism'
  • 17. Conclusion: Humanitarian intervention in historical perspective
  • Index