Decolonizing civil war

Owens, Patricia (2017) Decolonizing civil war. Critical Analysis of Law, 4 (2). pp. 160-169. ISSN 2291-9732

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This essay argues that there is a need to decolonize the genealogy of civil war. David Armitage’s new book brilliantly reveals civil war’s generative power in shaping European and North American conceptions of politics, revolution, and the laws of war. But to make sense of the discourse of civil war we also need to account for the constitutive exclusions of those whose struggles elite Europeans refused to recognize as “civil,” those not recognized as part of a common brotherhood or as co-belligerents. The absence/ presence of women, slaves, and barbarous armies is vital to the historical conception of civil war.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Advanced International Theory
Depositing User: Patricia Owens
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 14:06
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 17:17

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