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Atrocity and American Military Justice in Southeast Asia

Trial by Army, 1st Edition

By Louise Barnett


296 pages

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This book is an examination of American army legal proceedings that resulted from a series of moments when soldiers in a war zone crossed a line between performing their legitimate functions and committing crimes against civilians, or atrocities.

Using individual judicial proceedings held within war-time Southeast Asia, Louise Barnett analyses how the American military legal system handled crimes against civilians and determines what these cases reveal about the way that war produces atrocity against civilians. Presenting these atrocities and subsequent trials in a way that considers both the personal and the institutional the author considers how and why atrocity happens, the terrain of justification, and the degree to which the army and American society have been willing to take military crimes against civilians seriously.

Atrocity and American Military Justice in Southeast Asia will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals interested in Military Justice, Military history and Southeast Asian History more generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: War in the Philippines 1. Mr. Root’s Atrocity Trials 2. The Real Atrocity Trials Part 2: American Prosecution of Japanese War Crimes in the Philippines 3. MacArthur and Yamashita Part 3: From Lanang to Danang: The Philippine War Writ Large in Vietnam 4. Anatomy of an Atrocity: Captain Vincent Hartmann and the Trial that Wasn’t 5. My Lai: Crossing the Line

About the Author

Louise Barnett is Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA. Her research interests are military culture and history. She is the author of Touched by Fire, a biography of George Armstrong Custer, and Ungentlemanly Acts: The Army’s Notorious Incest Trial.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / United States
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Military
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General