This chapter deals with the problem of defining military occupation. This might seem a simple task, and some accounts of military occupation presume that it is. It is not. The concept of military occupation only gained clarity slowly, in distinction from the concept of conquest, and was subsequently muddied by the attempts of occupiers to evade that status. The definition of military occupation is important because it potentially gives greater clarity about the moral status of military occupiers as well as the range of instances covered by the term. However, it tells us little about the contours of military government itself.
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