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Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles
Rony Brauman

imperial conquests were foreshadowing the twentieth century’s mechanised and industrialised total wars. Dunant himself anticipated the evolution of armed conflict towards total war in a collection of writings published at the end of his life, presciently entitled L’Avenir sanglant (the bloody future). We know what happened to humanitarian norms during what historian Eric Hobsbawm dubbed the ‘age of extremes’, with its colonial massacres, world wars, genocides

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Fiona Robinson

enormous and seemingly secure identity investments in the weak, who despite all manage to turn the tables on the West. Interestingly, Barkawi describes how the response to such a ‘loss’ could go in one of three ways: a return to isolationism, righteous ‘total war’ set off by ‘Orientalist panic’. It is the third scenario on which the possibility of transformation relies – the

in Recognition and Global Politics
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Thomas Robb

during the unique conditions which the realities of total war fostered.20 Winston Churchill – British prime minister, 1940–45 and 1951–55 – is usually credited with bringing the phrase special relationship into the popular imagination.21 Churchill, who himself was half-American, had spoken of the special relationship throughout the Second World War, but it was not until after the war, during his 1946 ‘Iron Curtain’ speech at Fulton, Missouri, that the phrase special relationship would enter the ‘lexicon of international politics’.22 During this speech Churchill

in A strained partnership?