Remembering the First World War

A Scrap of PaperOne hundred years ago today, on July 28, 2014, Austria-Hungary fired the first shots in preparation for its invasion of Serbia. Only a week later, Germany, Russia, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Britain were also all at war.  Eventually countries from all around the world were drawn into the multi-front conflict leaving over 9 million combatants dead before the end of fighting on November 11, 2018.

How did this happen? A century after the outbreak of the Great War, we have forgotten the central role that international law and the dramatically different interpretations of it played in the conflict’s origins and conduct. In A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great War, author Isabel V. Hull compares wartime decision making in Germany, Great Britain, and France, weighing the impact of legal considerations in each. Throughout, she emphasizes the profound tension between international law and military necessity in time of war, and demonstrates how differences in state structures and legal traditions shaped the way in which each of the three belligerents fought the war.

Located in the Law Library Sohn Library KZ6795.W67 H85 2014, you can request the book at the Law Library Circulation Desk.

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