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Internationalizing colonial war: On the unintended consequences of the interventions of the International Committee of the Red Cross in South-East Asia, 1945–1949

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What is the relationship between decolonization and international law? Most historians agree that empires framed their colonial wars as emergencies in order to escape international scrutiny. After 1945, however, those same imperial powers invited the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to intervene in their wars of decolonization while resisting an official state of war. This article seeks to solve this puzzle by drawing attention to the ICRC’s critical part in reshaping the inter...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1093/pastj/gtaa009

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9560-1532
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Past and Present More from this journal
Volume:
250
Issue:
1
Pages:
243-283
Publication date:
2020-07-30
Acceptance date:
2020-07-01
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EISSN:
1477-464X
ISSN:
0031-2746
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1339610
Local pid:
pubs:1339610
Deposit date:
2023-05-03

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