Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Thinkers by Stefano Recchia

By Stefano Recchia

Classical arguments in regards to the valid use of strength have profoundly formed the norms and associations of latest foreign society. yet what particular classes do we examine from the classical eu philosophers and jurists while pondering humanitarian intervention, preventive self-defense or foreign trusteeship this day? The participants to this quantity take heavily the admonition of contextualist students to not uproot classical thinkers' arguments from their social, political and highbrow surroundings. however, this assortment demonstrates that modern scholars, students and policymakers can nonetheless study very much from the questions raised by means of classical eu thinkers, the issues they highlighted, or even the complicated personality of a few of the ideas they provided. the purpose of this quantity is to open up present assumptions approximately army intervention, and to discover the opportunity of reconceptualizing and reappraising modern methods.

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The Development of Pluralism in Modern Britain and France (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 36, 64–5. Intervention in European history 37 In this case, the threat of force sufficed, especially when combined with massive diplomatic pressure, exerted through Savoy’s giant neighbor, France, which was told that the British alliance it hoped for, in war against Spain, would not be forthcoming unless Paris reined in Turin. It is worth stressing, however, that, aiding the Vaudois did little or nothing to aid the British republic’s national security, its geopolitical position, or its strategic interests, even given that Cromwell’s policy was war against the Spanish monarchy because he believed the latter’s Catholicism made it, together with the Papacy, Antichrist.

This scenario, however, leaves the door potentially wide open to regime change in the aftermath of just wars and humanitarian interventions in genocidal states. It also shows once again how contemporary debates on the politics and ethics of military intervention are deeply rooted in and reflect several of the tensions and contradictions of classical European thought. Conclusion As this brief introduction to our volume suggests, the arguments on just and unjust military intervention developed by the classical European thinkers are of enduring relevance, although evidently not all of the answers they offered will seem persuasive to contemporary audiences.

I, p. v. a (citing a similar diplomatic usage from 1669). French only finally trumped Latin as the international language of diplomacy in the eighteenth century (cf. Beaulac, Power of Language, p. 180), but was increasingly used for diplomatic correspondence, if not for international instruments, in the early seventeenth century. , mediation, rather than military intervention. 7 The second exception foreshadows the modern concept of humanitarian intervention. It was not until the nineteenth century that “intervention,” “intervene” and associated terms began to be used, at first occasionally, then regularly, to refer to coercive interference by a state in the affairs of another state, carried out, at least nominally, for ethical purposes.

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