English-language books (and one small French one) for readers who wish to read around the subject. Those who wish to go further into its expressly legal aspects will obtain excellent guidance from the bibliography appended to Roberts and Guelff's easily obtainable book of documents.
Bailey Sydney D., War and Conscience in the Nuclear Age ( London, 1987). Succinct survey of and commentary on international legislation, arms control, and disarmament as well as IHL, with the UN very much to the fore.
Best Geoffrey, Humanity in Warfare: The Modern History of the International Law of Armed Conflicts ( London, revd edn., 1983). Pioneer work which remains useful chiefly for its wealth of historical examples from mid- eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.
Bull Hedley, The Anarchical Society. A Study of Order in World Politics ( London, 1 1977). A famous and influential book, the second of whose three main sections examines why international law is made and what are the conditions of its efficacy.
Cassese Antonio, International Law in a Divided World (English trans., Oxford, 1986). Includes a lively chapter on 'International legal regulation of armed conflict' as one of the 'crucial issues of today'.
Clark Ian, Waging War: A Philosophical Introduction ( Oxford, 1988). An excellent brief analysis of the war phenomenon; from which all else proceeds.
Donelan Michael, Elements of International Political Theory ( Oxford, 1990). Thoughtful introduction to main lines of thought about the relations to one another of States in peace and war, with the ethics and laws of the latter often in view.
Draper G. I. A. D., The Red Cross Conventions ( London, 1958). Strictly speaking, one of the technical works not supposed to be included, but it is a surprisingly readable exegesis and wise commentary by the UK's leading professional expert of the post-war period.
Falk Richard, Kolko G., and Lifton R. J., Crimes of War ( New York, 1971). Handy source-book of documents on principles and laws, together with contemporary material on the US involvement in Vietnam.
Forsythe David, Humanitarian Politics: the International Committee of the Red Cross ( Baltimore, Md., 1977). Unique study of how the ICRC actually works within the international community, providing much illustrative matter on the years since 1945.
Howard Michael, Restraints on War: Studies in the Limitation of Armed Conflict ( Oxford, 1979); also War and the Liberal Conscience ( London 1978 and a revd edn., New Brunswick, NJ, 1986). Restraints gave IHL one of its earliest British exposures to the non-specialist public. The other book is a searching scrutiny of the ills proceeding from muddle-headedness about the place of armed force in the relations of States.
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Publication information: Book title: War and Law since 1945. Contributors: Geoffrey Best - Author. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 423.
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