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Peter Maguire


“Nuremburg: A Courtroom Drama”


Peter Maguire is a historian and the author of Law and War, which asks the pertinent question: when does waging a war become a criminal act? His examples illustrate the gradations of political justice and the perpetual redefinition of war crimes across three continents and more than a century of American foreign policy. He focuses heavily on the Nuremburg trials and argues that the lessons of Nuremberg “remain unclear” in part because “what that name represents is really a series of contradictory trials that lead to no single, simple conclusion.” Maguire has taught at Bard, Columbia University, and Southern Cross University.

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