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Humanity in Warfare

Humanity in Warfare

By Geoffrey Best

Columbia University Press, 1980, 400 pp.

A historical and highly literate discussion, by a British scholar, of past efforts to "civilize" the conduct of war through legal restraints and prohibitions. Looking at such instruments as the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions, he deliberately eschews any discussion of the causes of war and the accompanying "just war" theories.