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Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century: Setting the precedent

Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla


This book is an attempt at a comprehensive presentation of the history of humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century, the heyday of this controversial doctrine. It starts with a brief presentation of the present situation and debate. The theoretical first part of the book starts with the genealogy of the idea, namely the quest for the progenitors of the idea in the sixteenth and seventeenth century which is a matter of controversy. Next the nineteenth century ‘civilization-barbarity’ dichotomy is covered and its bearing on humanitarian intervention, with its concomitant Eurocentr ... More

Keywords: intervention, non-intervention, sovereignty, massacres, tyranny, humanity, international law, civilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089909
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexis Heraclides, author
Panteion University

Ada Dialla, author
Athens School of Fine Arts