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'Whatever Happened to Colonial War?’ and other Thoughts on Race and the Laws of War

Reading: Rotem Giladi, 'The Phoenix of Colonial War: Race, the Laws of War, and the ‘Horror on the Rhine’, (2017) 30(4) LJIL 847-875:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/leiden-journal-of-international-law/article/phoenix-of-colonial-war-race-the-laws-of-war-and-the-horror-on-the-rhine/8E6D897ED510BBBA24B92F801C637668

The article explores the demise of the ‘colonial war’ category through the employment of French colonial troops, under the 1918 armistice, to occupy the German Rhineland.

It traces the prevalence of – and the anxieties underpinning – antebellum doctrine on using ‘Barbarous Forces’ in ‘European’ war. It then records the silence of postbellum scholars on the ‘horror on the Rhine’ – orchestrated allegations of rape framed in racialized terms of humanity and the requirements of the law of civilized warfare. Among possible explanations for this silence, the article follows recent literature that considers this scandal as the embodiment of crises in masculinity, white domination, and European civilization.

Dr Rotem Giladi-Sobel, Teaching Fellow in International Law, University of Edinburgh, will use the above article, to develop additional questions on the role of race in the development of the modern laws of war.

Join us on Wednesday 19 February, 5.30pm in the Melville Room!

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