Invoking Humanity: War, Law and Global Order

Invoking Humanity: War, Law and Global Order

Paperback Political Theory and Contemporary Politics

By (author) Danilo Zolo


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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 241mm x 33mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826456561
  • ISBN 13: 9780826456564
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,208,374

Product description

* Powerful, passionate and highly topical critique of humanitarian intervention* International political theorist with eight top-selling booksWhoever invokes humanity wants to cheat.In this first time translation in English, Danilo Zolo considers Carl Schmitt's maxim in the context of the humanitarian war waged against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the Spring of 1999 by 19 NATO countries. This erudite and disturbing book is a political, legal and philosophical reflection on an extraordinary display of Western Power and its present and future impact on the global system of international relations.Zolo's account of the war is located within the context of the irresistible drive of globalization which he argues brings economic, financial and military, ecological and ethnic-religious turbulence in its wake. Not only the future of the Balkan region, he suggests, is at stake here, but the fate of international law, the future role of the United Nations and the political destiny of Europe.

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Author information

Born in Rijeka, Danilo Zolo is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the University of Florence. He has been a visiting Fellow at the Universities of Boston, Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Pittsburgh, Princeton and the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil. He is the author of eight books, including Democracy and Complexity (1992), and Cosmopolis: Prospects for World Government (1996) and he has been widely translated.

Review quote

"Danilo Zolo has written a brilliantly provocative and fascinating critique of US-led NATO strategy in the Balkans that is a troubling indictment of all aspects of 'humanitarian diplomacy'. Richard Falk, Princeton University

Table of contents

Imperial Mapping and Balkan Nationalism; Why the War was Fought; A War against Law; An International "Political Justice"; The Consequences of the War; From Kosovo Polje to Seattle - historico-political chronology 1389-1999.