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A History of Military Occupation from 1792 to 1914$
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Peter M. R. Stirk

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748675999

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675999.001.0001

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From Conquest to Occupation

(p.1) Introduction
A History of Military Occupation from 1792 to 1914

Peter M. R. Stirk

Edinburgh University Press

This sets out the need for a comparative history of military occupation in the light of changing perceptions of the concept and practice, assumptions about fundamental changes in the nature of military occupation and the fragmentary recollection of occupation that is commonplace. It sets out definitions of military occupation and devotes substantial attention to the often grossly oversimplified distinction between conquest and occupation. It demonstrates how understandings of this distinction were complicated by a lack of clarity exactly when conquest took place and what the consequences of conquest were. It suggests a strategy for future research into the concept and practice of conquest.

Keywords:   Conquest, Sovereignty, Military Government, Military Occupation, Belligerency, Hague Regulations

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