Controlling the Weapons of War: Politics, Persuasion, and the Prohibition of Inhumanity, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Controlling the Weapons of War

Politics, Persuasion, and the Prohibition of Inhumanity, 1st Edition

By Brian Rappert


240 pages

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A fresh examination of the ethical and intellectual issues and dilemmas associated with attempts to establish formal humanitarian limits on weaponry.

This new study considers how governments, non-governmental organizations, academics, political commentators and others have responded to the predicaments associated with imposing classifications about the relative acceptability of force and what is accomplished in their strategies for doing so. It develops these issues through combining thematic and conceptual analysis with the examination of varied cases of prohibitions on ‘conventional’ and ‘unconventional’ weapons through customary and statutory laws, multilateral treaties, UN resolutions, and national legislation.

The book will appeal to students of security studies, military technology, peace studies, international relations and discourse theory.

Table of Contents

Part 1. This Happening World 1. The Chains that Bind? 2. Striving for Order 3. The Word and the World Part 2 1. The Technologies of Conflict and the Conflicts about Technology 2. Weapons: What are they? 3. Weapons: What are they for? 4. Weapons: What do they do? Part 3. Prohibiting Weapons 1. Predicaments with Prohibitions 2. Fractured Worlds: The Case of Cluster Bombs 3. Dealing with Unfinished Business Part 4. Future Agendas 1. Troubles with Humanitarian Prohibitions

About the Author

Brian Rappert is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, at the School of Historical, Political and Sociological Studies at Exeter University.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General