Rules of Engagement: Ethics in Warfare
America’s use of targeted drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere raise questions about what is—and is not—an appropriate means of waging war. In this episode, the American History Guys look at how previous generations have answered these sorts of questions. They explore the shockingly violent battle tactics of Europeans in comparison to original Indian ways of war. And, at a time when many fear that chemical weapons may be deployed in Syria, the History Guys consider what made the use of chemical weapons taboo in the first place.
- Caroline Frank, Brown University, on American Indians’ evolving tactics in warfare.
- John Fabian Witt, Yale University, on how a new set of wartime laws helped legitimize Emancipation.
- Crystal Feimster, Yale University, on the role that the laws of war played in protecting victims of sexual assault.
- Richard Price, University of British Columbia, on how chemical weapons became taboo.
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