Military occupation has been a recurrent feature of recent history and is recognised as a distinct phenomenon in international law, most notably in the Hague Regulations of 1907, which remain in force today. Systematic and comparative studies of military occupation remain, however, rare. The approach adopted in this book draws heavily upon normative legal arguments, but does so from a specific perspective. The book seeks to use such arguments in order to elucidate how military occupiers have understood their status and role. That military occupation entailed military government was once a widely accepted assumption. The term fell into neglect as part of the process that culminated in the evasion of the label of military occupation. The book seeks to unfold the implications of this basic claim that military occupation is a political phenomenon and, above all, a form of government.
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