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The Ethics of Destruction: Norms and Force in International Relations (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

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One of the best recent books on norms and force in I.R.

By Adam J. Jones - August 21, 2001

There are few works of international relations that have kept me up until 1 a.m., but Ward Thomas's excellent and immensely readable book is one of them. It provides both a general overview of the role of norms in international affairs, and detailed case-studies of norms governing assassinations of international leaders and aerial bombing of civilians. For undergraduate students, the first two chapters constitute an ideal introduction to the recent but very vigorous debate in I.R. over norms. To what extent do traditional "realist" formulations of power and influence need to be recast in the light of the norms literature? Thomas suggests that a fundamental rethinking is warranted, but he is careful to integrate the contributions of the realist and institutionalist schools, while offering his own novel "take" on some of the issues at hand. The two chapters exploring norms against aerial bombing of civilians (pre- and post-1945) are very well done, though the... read more

Wonderful book

By A Customer - April 4, 2002

Wow, I thought this would be another dry, boring treatise on international relations but it got me hooked early with its trenchant analysis and clear writing style. Thomas, a notable young star in his field, has written the essential guide to norms of force in international relations. Highly relevant to today's body politic, this wonderfully-titled work is in my personal top ten.

Great book

By Allen6868 - February 23, 2013

Great book and met my needs for school. It addresses ethical and moral dilemmas people face. It was an easy read and very informative.

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