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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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Forms of Military Government

Forms of Military Government

(p.61) Chapter 3 Forms of Military Government
The Politics of Military Occupation

Peter M. R. Stirk

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter deals with forms of military government, a government instituted by military officers through a military chain of command. Military government readily appears archaic and not merely because of the increasing preference for such terms as civil administration and international territorial administration to refer to what are in fact instances of military occupation. It appears archaic because of the increasing reality of the involvement of civilians and civilian agencies in military occupation. Military government also appears archaic because the isolation of the occupier from the occupied inherent in the definition of military occupation gives it a caste-like character that is at odds with a world in which it is common to speak of global ‘governance’.

Keywords:   chain of command, military government, civil administration, archaic, military occupation, global governance

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