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"Altogether a most useful addition to the body of Schmitt sworks."

An advanced piece of historical scholarship which continues toimpact the often nuanced political and legal relationship betweenstates and between states and individuals. Despite theauthor s obvious intransient opinion about the Geneva Leagueof Nations and Western liberal democratic values, this book offerssound criticisms of the international legal order of the times andis thus a pillar of knowledge for students and scholars ofinternational law and relations."
Central European Journal of International and SecurityStudies

"Warning as it does against the pitfalls of arrogant erudition, thepoliticization of religion and the flight into elitist mysticism,this book contains lessons for the followers of all creeds."
Muslim World

"The translation of Carl Schmitt′s Writings on War is aremarkable achievement. Timothy Nunan has introduced, translatedand annotated the text with considerable skill and aplomb. Nunan′sexcellent introduction makes clear the painfully compellingrelevance of these essays on sovereignty, enmity and empire forcontemporary audiences––relevance that is not likely to diminishover the course of time."
John McCormick, University of Chicago

"Carl Schmitt′s direct assault on liberal views of internationallaw and politics generated massive controversy when they firstappeared in German. Now available in an accessible translation,Anglophone readers finally get a chance to understand what the fusswas all about. Zeroing in on the Achilles′ heel of liberalinternational law, Schmitt ultimately threw the baby out with thebath water by transforming his occasionally astute observationsinto a full–fledged attack. Despite his flawed normative andpolitical aspirations, Schmitt′s views provide a provocativechallenge those of us committed to strengthening international lawand global governance simply have to take up."
William E. Scheuerman, Indiana University

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Carl Schmitt (1888 – 1985) is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important and influential political theorists of the twentieth century.

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Great reading on law of war 5 Mar. 2013
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I bought this book as an introduction to the author's work. It is a very pertinent book to our own time. The author's critique of international human rights law was spot on. I highly recommend this book.
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