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The Ethics of Destruction: Norms and Force in International Relations (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) Kindle Edition

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Contrary to Carl von Clausewitz, who called the principle of moderation applied to a theory of war a "logical absurdity," Thomas (a teacher of ethics and international relations at Johns Hopkins and Holy Cross) maintains that "moral principles are fundamentally important to understanding norms governing the use of force, although they are seldom ap

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (13 Jun. 2014)
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HASH(0x9e1f6954) out of 5 stars One of the best recent books on norms and force in I.R. 21 Aug. 2001
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There are few works of international relations that have kept me up until 1 a.m., but Ward Thomas's excellent and immensely readable book is one of them. It provides both a general overview of the role of norms in international affairs, and detailed case-studies of norms governing assassinations of international leaders and aerial bombing of civilians. For undergraduate students, the first two chapters constitute an ideal introduction to the recent but very vigorous debate in I.R. over norms. To what extent do traditional "realist" formulations of power and influence need to be recast in the light of the norms literature? Thomas suggests that a fundamental rethinking is warranted, but he is careful to integrate the contributions of the realist and institutionalist schools, while offering his own novel "take" on some of the issues at hand. The two chapters exploring norms against aerial bombing of civilians (pre- and post-1945) are very well done, though the analysis of U.S. bombing in Indochina could have been expanded beyond the somewhat limited case of attacks against North Vietnam. Overall, "The Ethics of Destruction" makes an important contribution to one of the most vibrant discussions in I.R. today.
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HASH(0xa2bbfa20) out of 5 stars Wonderful book 4 April 2002
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Wow, I thought this would be another dry, boring treatise on international relations but it got me hooked early with its trenchant analysis and clear writing style. Thomas, a notable young star in his field, has written the essential guide to norms of force in international relations. Highly relevant to today's body politic, this wonderfully-titled work is in my personal top ten.
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HASH(0x9e1f6fc0) out of 5 stars Great book 23 Feb. 2013
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Great book and met my needs for school. It addresses ethical and moral dilemmas people face. It was an easy read and very informative.
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