Review of James Q. Whitnman, the Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (2012)

107 American Journal of International Law (Forthcoming)

Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-29

17 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013  

Robert D. Sloane

Boston University - School of Law

Date Written: August 22, 2013

Abstract

This is a brief review of The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (2012), by James Q. Whitman, a remarkably erudite and original contribution to scholarship on military history and the law of war. It sketches the work’s compelling historical arguments and then critiques its (comparatively modest) polemical dimensions and normative conclusions.

Keywords: pitched battle, intenational humanitarian law, law of war, law of armed conflict, military history, just war theory, jus victoriae

JEL Classification: K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Sloane, Robert D., Review of James Q. Whitnman, the Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (2012) (August 22, 2013). 107 American Journal of International Law (Forthcoming); Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2313333

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