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Contemporary Issues Companion - War Crimes (hardcover edition) Hardcover – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Issues Companion
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhaven Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0737701714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0737701715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,058,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 10 Up-Four sections, each with at least three articles or excerpts from books, define war crimes, provide a historical overview of the topic, offer personal reflections, and examine how these crimes should be addressed in the future. The essays give information about the authors, which include journalists, academics, and others prominent in peace and conflict studies. All of the articles originated in the 1990s, except one on Vietnam that was written in 1966, and cover such topics as the Nuremberg trials, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and the Japanese invasion of China. The well-written, thought-provoking essays ask some tough questions about who should determine who is put on trial for war crimes, and suggest effective deterrents to this type of crime. The appendix includes the Nuremberg Principles and excerpts from the Geneva Convention treaties. A useful book for class discussions as well as for research papers.
Tracey Ansley, Cary Academy, NC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 11^-12. Can there be rules for a just war? Is "ethnic cleansing" the same as genocide? Are the losers always the criminals? Who can be tried? Starting with an account of the Holocaust, this book in the Contemporary Issues Companion series shows that the vow of "never again" has done little to prevent further war crimes from occurring. There are essays on the atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, and elsewhere, on the role of the U.S. in the bombing of Iraqi civilians and soldiers, on the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam. Several writers focus on the brutality in the former Yugoslavia: Peter Maass' description of the crimes he witnessed in the Bosnian prison camps are horrifyingly detailed, including accounts of rape and castration. Older high-school students will find much to discuss here about the role of international tribunals, and always the question, Who is to blame? The book ends with the texts of the Nuremberg Principles and the Geneva Convention, and there's an annotated list of organizations to contact and a bibliography. Hazel Rochman
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Format: Hardcover
The Contemporary Issues Companion series of books is designed to offer readers "a broad perspective in one convenient volume." As War Crimes become more prominent in the news of the current geopolitical situation, this might provide some basic background for a journalism or political science course. High school students doing a research paper might ask their teachers if a single volume of this nature could provide sufficient citations for a research paper which is supposed to show a comparison of a variety of sources. Of the 20 authors in this book, Telford Taylor, an American prosecutor of war crimes at Nuremberg, and Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. Attorney General, are the most familiar to me.
After declaring that Nuremberg Trials in 1945 were "the first time in history that an international court successfully tried and convicted war criminals," (p. 9) establishing "a great moral principle" (p. 9) "that the planning and waging of aggressive war is the greatest crime known to mankind and that those guilty of perpetrating it shall be punished," (p. 10) it took until 1995 to bring an action against "Dusan Tadic, the first suspected war criminal to be tried since the end of World War II." (p. 10).
Chapter 1, "An Examination of War Crimes," attempts to establish rules of war, and lists results from the 22 leading Nazis tried before the International Military Tribunal (November 20, 1945, to October 1, 1946), 185 other leading Germans "indicted before 12 tribunals, composed exclusively of United States judges," (p. 22) and a Tokyo international tribunal established on January 19, 1946. The French trials of "Marshal Henri Philippe Petain and Pierre Laval--respectively head of state and prime minister of France's Vichy regime" (p.
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