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The attitudes and assumptions of different cultures and historical periods toward war and the maintenance of peace are reviewed by recalling authors who include Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Hobbes, and Zola. The challenges of war, peace, and national security for and by Americans are examined, and documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of 1787. The lives and thought of eminent Americans are also recalled (including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt), as well as the challenges posed by incidents such as the Dreyfus Affair and monstrosities such as the Second World War Holocaust. The Appendixes reinforce these inquiries by providing critical documents in American history and interviews with a Holocaust survivor.
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About the Author
George Anastaplo (1925–2014) was lecturer in the liberal arts at the University of Chicago, professor of law at Loyola University of Chicago, and professor emeritus of political science and of philosophy at Dominican University.
Table of ContentsPart One
- War & Peace in the Bible
- Who Were the Greeks—and Why Do They Matter?
- Sedition in Wartime: Thersites and the Trojan War
- Justice and Nobility: The Problem of Antigone
- War & Peace and Socratic Constitutionalism
- On Law For and Among Peoples
- On the Projection of Force to the Other Side of the World
- Victory, Defeat, and National Morale
- William Shakespeare and the Uncomfortable Facts of War
- War & Peace and the Declaration of Independence
- The War Power and the Constitution
- The Organic Laws of the United States
- On Deliberation and War
- The Separation of Powers
- The Risks and Rewards of Civil War
- The Dreyfus Affair and the War Power
- The Great War—A Monumental Folly
- Woodrow Wilson and His Fourteen Points
- On the Defense of the Allied Policy for Bombing German Cities
- The Presidency, Especially in Time of War
- Congress, the President and the Constitution in Wartime
- September Eleventh: On Diagnosing an Addiction
- The Prospects and Perils of Homeland Security
- Freedom of Speech in “Wartime”
- Fearfulness and the Search for an Elusive “Security”
- Philosophy and the Prospects at Death
A.The Declaration of Independence (1776)
B.The United States Constitution (1787)
C.The Amendments to the United States Constitution (1791–1992)
Introduction to Appendices D, E, and F
D.Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
E.Are You Listening?
F.I Can’t Figure It Out to This Day