Humanitarian Intervention: A History

Brendan Simms, D. J. B. Trim
Cambridge University Press, 2011 M04 7
The dilemma of how best to protect human rights is one of the most persistent problems facing the international community today. This unique and wide-ranging history of humanitarian intervention examines responses to oppression, persecution and mass atrocities from the emergence of the international state system and international law in the late sixteenth century, to the end of the twentieth century. Leading scholars show how opposition to tyranny and to religious persecution evolved from notions of the common interests of 'Christendom' to ultimately incorporate all people under the concept of 'human rights'. As well as examining specific episodes of intervention, the authors consider how these have been perceived and justified over time, and offer important new insights into ideas of national sovereignty, international relations and law, as well as political thought and the development of current theories of 'international community'.

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1 Towards a history of humanitarian intervention
Part I Early modern precedents
Part II The Great Powers and the Ottoman Empire
Part III Intervening in Africa
Part IV NonEuropean states
Part V Postscript
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Brendan Simms is Professor of the History of European International Relations and Director of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, where he is a Fellow of Peterhouse. His previous publications include Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2001), Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire (2007) and Cultures of Power in Europe during the Long 18th Century (as co-editor, Cambridge University Press, 2007).

D. J. B. Trim is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading. His previous publications include Amphibious Warfare 1000–1700: Commerce, State Formation and European Expansion (as co-editor, 2006), and European Warfare, 1350–1750 (as co-editor, Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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