Title: Lecture: Was the Civil War a Just War?
Calendar: Department of History Calendar
Date: 03.07.2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: 1190 10th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233, United States
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What: Keynote lecture for the UAB Graduate History Forum, "Was the Civil War a Just War?"
When: March 7, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Spencer Honors House, 1190 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Price: Free
Contact: uabgha@gmail.com

Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Professor of History at LSU, will give the keynote lecture for the UAB Graduate History Forum on Friday, March 7, at 6:00 PM, in the Spencer Honors House. The lecture is free and open to the public; food will be provided by the UAB History Department.

Although we tend to think of the Civil War as a uniquely American conflict, participants in the conflict drew on the international law of war to explain and justify their own policies and criticize those of their enemy. This lecture uses the ideas of just war theory to consider fundamental questions about the nature of the conflict:

* How did each side treat non-combatants?
* How did they treat prisoners of war? What role did guerrillas and other irregular forces play?
* What was the relationship between civilian and military authority in each section?

The answers to these questions reveal a great deal about the Civil War and about how it fits into the larger pattern of global warfare and democracy in the modern era.