An Idea, Its History, Its ConsequencesBook - 2012
When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies," as the Administration announced an "end to conflict in Iraq," even though conflict on the ground is ongoing. It is nolonger easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime.In this inventive meditation on war, time, and the law, Mary Dudziak argues that wartime is not as discrete a time period as we like to think. Instead, America has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for over a century. Meanwhile policy makers and the American publiccontinue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. This has two consequences. First, because war is thought to be exceptional, "wartime" remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial. Second, ongoing warfareis enabled by the inattention of the American people. More disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, public disengagement leaves us without political restraints on the exercise of American war powers.Visit http://wartimebook.blogspot.com/ to learn more.
Publisher: New York :, Oxford University Press,, 
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: 355.020973 DU
Characteristics: pages cm
Alternative Title: Wartime, an idea, its history, its consequences