Since the nineteenth century, the development of international humanitarian law has been marked by complex entanglements of legal theory, historical trauma, criminal prosecution, historiography, and politics. All of these factors have played a role in changing views on the applicability of international law and human-rights ideas to state-organized violence, which in turn have been largely driven by transnational responses to German state crimes. Here, Annette Weinke gives a groundbreaking long-term history of the political, legal and academic debates concerning German state and mass violence in the First World War, during the National Socialist era and the Holocaust, and under the GDR.
Annette Weinke is an Assistant Professor of History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. She has previously been a visiting fellow at Princeton University's History Department. She is the co-editor of Toward a New Moral World Order? (2013) and Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention (2017).
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PART I: THE HAGUE - BERLIN - VERSAILLES
Chapter 1. International Criminal Law before World War I
Chapter 2. History Management in Wartime, 1914-1919
Chapter 3. Debating the Responsibility Clauses of the Peace Treaty
Chapter 4. The Heidelberg Association and Max Weber's "War Guilt" Intervention
Chapter 5. Review I
PART II: WASHINGTON - NUREMBERG - BONN
Chapter 6. International Law versus Human Rights?
Chapter 7. Jurists as Lobbyists and Historians
Chapter 8. The Frankfurt School Goes to War
Chapter 9. Hermann Jahrreiß and the Nuremberg Defense Strategy
Chapter 10. West Germany Joins the Genocide Convention
Chapter 11. Review II
PART III: BONN - LUDWIGSBURG - JERUSALEM
Chapter 12. Allied Law and the German Victims' Community
Chapter 13. West German Historians and the "Führer Order"
Chapter 14. Eichmann, Arendt, and Justice
Chapter 15. Review III
PART IV: SALZBURG - BONN AND BERLIN
Chapter 16. Samuel Huntington's Third Wave and "Transitology"
Chapter 17. The "Politics of the Past" after German Unification
Chapter 18. "Mercy Before Justice?" The Amnesty Debate of 1994-95
Chapter 19. Review IV
"It is to be welcomed that a translation of this book is now available since it can now find its place in the growing field of international research on the history of human rights and international law. The translation into English by Nichola Evangelos Levis is faultless." * Sehepunkte