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The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) Paperback – July 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0801489594 ISBN-10: 0801489598 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801489598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801489594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Why states intervene at all—how and why 'saving strangers' is now viewed favorably—is explored in Martha Finnemore's valuable book. Finnemore traces the emerging concern with human security, namely, the growing acceptance of new norms about who is human and our obligations to such people."—Boston Review



"The Purpose of Intervention aims to describe how changing beliefs have influenced states' willingness to intervene forcibly in other states, and it seeks to generate a set of hypotheses about the processes by which social purpose can evolve in world politics. . . . Finnemore succeeds in challenging conventional views of the use of force and advancing research on international norms and social purpose. The breadth of evidence and theoretical innovation make this an important book worthy of wide attention."—Ethics and International Affairs



"Writing a book on intervention and international order is a mammoth task that Finnemore has carried out with panache and admirable skill, and her ability to weave in theoretical assertions makes for a broader contribution to the international relations field. Some very important insights are made, such as those regarding the interconnectedness of intervention and nation-building. The text is readable, yet it provides for some controversy, making it suitable for readers from undergraduate to professorial level."—History



"In this superb inquiry into the reasons states use force abroad, Martha Finnemore looks at military intervention over the past four centuries and concludes that the objectives of powerful states have evolved considerably. . . . She breaks new ground in showing the link between state power and purpose."—Foreign Affairs



"Martha Finnemore argues that the reasons and meanings behind military intervention, as well as the ways in which it is carried out, have changed dramatically over the history of the states system. . . . The Purpose of Intervention should be read by all serious students of international relations and practitioners of foreign policy. It is a provocative, well-argued, and concisely written book on what is arguably the most timeless and central issue in the discipline, the use of force."—International Journal



"Martha Finnemore has a keen eye for fascinating historical developments. Conceptually, she is a big thinker and she has the historical knowledge and intuition to support her ideas. This is a timely book and all indications are that it will remain so."—Jeffrey W. Legro, University of Virginia



"In exploring how perceptions of utility and legitimacy are intertwined in changing patterns of military intervention, Martha Finnemore has once again broadened our understanding of one of the fundamental aspects of world politics. This rich and provocative book is certain to generate broad interest and debate."—Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington

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"Martha Finnemore has a keen eye for fascinating historical developments. Conceptually, she is a big thinker and she has the historical knowledge and intuition to support her ideas. This is a timely book and all indications are that it will remain so."—Jeffrey W. Legro, University of Virginia

"In exploring how perceptions of utility and legitimacy are intertwined in changing patterns of military intervention, Martha Finnemore has once again broadened our understanding of one of the fundamental aspects of world politics. This rich and provocative book is certain to generate broad interest and debate."—Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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In The Purpose of Intervention, Dr. Finnemore unpacks the discourse of military intervention by showing its various meanings and functions across time, and relates these developments to historical shifts in the pattern of military interventions. By drawing on both material and ideational aspects of change and contextualizing her case studies from a multidimensional perspective, she demonstrates an effective use of a social constructivist approach to understanding the use of force in international politics: norms do in fact impact international relations.

Finnemore asks the critical question of how best to explain changes in the purpose of military intervention and the use of force between the 17th and the 21st centuries, a topic one typically expects to be analyzed from a pure power perspective. However, her case study analyses demonstrate that--contrary to more reductionist explanations of state behavior and actor motivation offered by realism and liberalism--there have been a variety of socially derived influences upon state behavior and the use of force.

More specifically, she examines how the use of force as a practice for debt collection became inappropriate and unfeasible, how intervention evolved alongside the expansion of the notion of human rights, and how social constructs of sovereignty, territory and international threats have resulted in changes to what constitutes legitimate military intervention today. In doing so, she traces the history of the underlying logic of state intervention and how notions about intervention move from being controversial or novel to "obvious.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Masaki Tanaka on December 12, 2003
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One of the most unique and interesting point of this work is that the changing reasons and means of the past interventions could be a crucial key for understanding the changing characters of international society. In other words, for the analysis of the transformation of international society, the author examines why and how the past interventions have been altered. In this sense, the book is not only about intervention but also about the character and structure of international relations. Accordingly, a reader could use it in various ways. I think the book is a result of flexible thinking.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Watson on January 23, 2013
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I liked the book because it was affordable and I needed it for class, however, the barcode and isbn numbers were cut off on the back so I couldn't resell it.
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