Mark David Hall: America and the Just War Tradition

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America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts

Edited by Mark David Hall and J. Daryl Charles


America and the Just War TraditionAmerica and the Just War Tradition examines and evaluates each of America’s major wars from a just war perspective. Using moral analysis that is anchored in the just war tradition, the contributors provide careful historical analysis evaluating individual conflicts.

Each chapter explores the causes of a particular war, the degree to which the justice of the conflict was a subject of debate at the time, and the extent to which the war measured up to traditional ad bellum and in bello criteria. Where appropriate, contributors offer post bellum considerations, insofar as justice is concerned with helping to offer a better peace and end result than what had existed prior to the conflict.

This fascinating exploration offers policy guidance for the use of force in the world today, and will be of keen interest to historians, political scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as policy makers and the general reading public.

Contributors include JMC faculty partner Mark David Hall and JMC fellows Jonathan Den Hartog and Rouven Steeves.

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Mark David HallMark David Hall is the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics at George Fox University and the Director of the John Dickinson Forum for the Study of America’s Founding Principles, a JMC partner program. Professor Hall’s primary research and writing interests are American political theory and the relationship between religion and politics. He has written or co-edited several books besides America and the Just War Tradition and is the author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, reviews and sundry pieces. In addition to teaching at George Fox University, Hall is Associated Faculty at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and an Affiliate Scholar at the John Jay Institute.

Professor Hall is a Jack Miller Center faculty partner.

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Jonathan Den HartogJonathan Den Hartog is Department Chair and Professor of History at Samford University, where he specializes in American history and American religious history. Previously, he has served as the Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Northwestern. Professor Den Hartog has written extensively on the political outlooks of the Founders, as well as journal articles, book reviews, and blog posts. He has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Antiquarian Society, the University of Notre Dame, and Northwestern College.

Professor Den Hartog is a JMC fellow.

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Rouven J. Steeves is a Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Professor of Political Science and German at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a former staff member of the U.S. Military’s Force Strategic Engagement Cell. Professor Steeves also serves as a faculty member and Honors Program Mentor at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. His interests include political philosophy, American political thought, American Christianity, military interventionism, and American foreign policy.

Professor Steeves is a JMC fellow.

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Other JMC-Affiliated Publications on the Just War Tradition:

Justifying RevolutionJustifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence

JMC fellows Glenn Moots and Phillip Hamilton co-edited a book on the American Revolution’s moral and legal implications. This text offers timely reflections on moral, legal, ethical, and theological topics crucial to any study of America’s Revolutionary war.

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