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The genesis of the civilian

Alexander, Amanda


This paper argues that the concept of the civilian is a specific way of viewing non-combatants that can be traced to the First World War. Before the war, non-combatants were seen by the law and the prevailing culture as citizens. The citizen was potentially and probably aggressive, bound to the fate of his or her state and, therefore, granted only minimal protection by law. The war, however, brought technological changes and a propaganda effort that transformed these citizens into a civilian...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007-05-21
Type: Journal article
Source: Leiden Journal of International Law
DOI: 10.1017/S092215650600334


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