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The Politics of Military Occupation$
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Peter M. R. Stirk

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636716

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636716.001.0001

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The Evolving Practice and Meaning of Military Occupation

The Evolving Practice and Meaning of Military Occupation

(p.10) Chapter 1 The Evolving Practice and Meaning of Military Occupation
The Politics of Military Occupation

Peter M. R. Stirk

Edinburgh University Press

This book makes no pretensions to be a history of military occupation. Too many instances of the genre find no mention or highly selective discussion in order to illustrate specific points. This chapter provides some background on the evolving practice of military occupation. It is important because military occupation is often presented in terms of trajectories, from a concern with relations between states and state elites to a concern with protection of human rights, or from a willingness to tolerate and even preserve the institutions of occupied territories to a commitment to regime transformation, that are partial truths. The practice of military occupation is neither a static recurrence of age-old verities nor a linear progression either in terms of a reduction of the harshness of military occupation or an increasing transgression of once-recognised limits.

Keywords:   military occupation, transgression, human rights, regime transformation

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