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The Emergence of Humanitarian Intervention
Ideas and Practice from the Nineteenth Century to the Present


Part of Human Rights in History

  • Editor: Fabian Klose, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz
Fabian Klose, Michael Geyer, Daniel Marc Segesser, Stefan Kroll, Mairi S. Macdonald, Abigail Green, Jon Western, Davide Rodogno, Jost Dülffer, Norrie Macqueen, Jan Erik Schulte, Bradley Simpson, Manuel Fröhlich, Andrew Thompson
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107428317

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  • How should the international community react when a government transgresses humanitarian norms and violates the human rights of its own nationals? And where does the responsibility lie to protect people from such acts of violation? In this profound study, Fabian Klose unites a team of leading scholars to investigate some of the most complex and controversial debates regarding the legitimacy of protecting humanitarian norms and universal human rights by non-violent and violent means. Charting the development of humanitarian intervention from its origins in the nineteenth century through to the present day, the book surveys the philosophical and legal rationales of enforcing humanitarian norms by military means, and how attitudes to military intervention on humanitarian grounds have changed over the course of three centuries. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines, the authors lend a fresh perspective to contemporary dilemmas using case studies from Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

    • Charts the emergence and development of humanitarian intervention from the nineteenth century through to the present day
    • Brings together scholars from international law, sociology, political science, and international history to offer a range of perspectives
    • Provides a global approach through case studies in Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107428317
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The emergence of humanitarian intervention: three centuries of 'enforcing humanity' Fabian Klose
    Part I. Theoretical Approach and Legal Discourse on the Concept of Humanitarian Intervention:
    2. Humanitarianism and human rights: a troubled rapport Michael Geyer
    3. Humanitarian intervention and the issue of state sovereignty in the discourse of legal experts between the 1830s and the First World War Daniel Marc Segesser
    4. The legal justification of international intervention: theories of community and admissibility Stefan Kroll
    Part II. Fighting the Slave Trade and Protecting Religious Minorities: Major Impulses for Humanitarian Intervention in the Nineteenth Century:
    5. Enforcing abolition: the entanglement of civil society action, humanitarian norm-setting, and military intervention Fabian Klose
    6. Lord Vivian's tears: the moral hazards of humanitarian intervention Mairi S. Macdonald
    7. From protection to humanitarian intervention? Enforcing Jewish rights in Romania and Morocco around 1880 Abigail Green
    Part III. Transferring a Concept to the Twentieth Century:
    8. Prudence or outrage? Public opinion and humanitarian intervention in historical and comparative perspective Jon Western
    9. Non-state actors' humanitarian operations in the aftermath of the First World War: the case of the Near East relief Davide Rodogno
    10. Humanitarian intervention as legitimation of violence – the German case 1937–9 Jost Dülffer
    Part IV. Limited Options or Further Development? Humanitarian Intervention during the Cold War:
    11. Cold War peacekeeping versus humanitarian intervention: beyond the Hammarskjoldian model Norrie Macqueen
    12. From the protection of sovereignty to humanitarian intervention? Traditions and developments of United Nations peacekeeping in the twentieth century Jan Erik Schulte
    Part V. A New Century of Humanitarian Intervention?:
    13. A not so humanitarian intervention Bradley Simpson
    14. The responsibility to protect: foundation, transformation, and application of an emerging norm Manuel Fröhlich
    15. Humanitarian interventions, past and present Andrew Thompson

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    Fabian Klose, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz
    Fabian Klose is a Senior Researcher at Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz.


    Fabian Klose, Michael Geyer, Daniel Marc Segesser, Stefan Kroll, Mairi S. Macdonald, Abigail Green, Jon Western, Davide Rodogno, Jost Dülffer, Norrie Macqueen, Jan Erik Schulte, Bradley Simpson, Manuel Fröhlich, Andrew Thompson

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