Lincolns code is a rich subtle and honest book that uncovers the deep impact of the laws of war in american history it is chock full of truly novel insights it is chock full of truly novel insights. John fabian witt lincolns code the laws of war in american history new york free press 2012 review by david luban yale legal historian john fabian witt has written a superb illuminating and startling history of us involvement with the laws of war from the revolution to the beginning of world war i. Get this from a library lincolns code the laws of war in american history john fabian witt by one of the nations foremost legal historians a groundbreaking history of the pioneering american role in establishing the modern laws of war in the fateful closing days of 1862 just three . Witts account moves through the war for independence the war of 1812 the indian wars and the mexican american war before arriving at the centerpiece of the book lincolns code the story behind lincolns code the laws of war promulgated by lincoln in 1863 general order no 100 and followed by the union army is fascinating and . The most distinctively american aspect of lincolns code is also the most sordid the status of slavery in concepts of wartime justice lincolns code the laws of war in american
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