Over the course of the twentieth century, democracies demonstrated an uncanny ability to win wars when their survival was at stake. As this book makes clear, this success cannot be explained merely by superior military equipment or a particular geographical advantage. Instead, it is argued that the legal frameworks imbedded in democratic societies offered them a fundamental advantage over their more politically restricted rivals. For democracies fight wars aided by codes of behaviour shaped by their laws, customs and treaties that reflect the wider values of their society. This means that voters and the public can influence the decision to wage and sustain war. Thus, a precarious balance between government, parliament and military leadership is the backbone of any democracy at war, and the key to success or failure. Beginning with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings of Alberico Gentili and Hugo Grotius, this book traces the rise of legal concepts of war between states. It argues that the ideas and theories set out by the likes of Gentili and Grotius were to provide the bedrock of western democratic thinking in wartime. The book then moves on to look in detail at the two World Wars of the twentieth century and how legal thinking adapted itself to the realities of industrial and total war. In particular it focuses upon the impact of differing political ideologies on the conduct of war, and how combatant nations were frequently forced to challenge core beliefs and values in order to win. Through a combination of history and legal philosophy, this book contributes to a better understanding of democratic government when it is most severely tested at war. The ideas and concepts addressed will resonate, both with those studying the past, and current events.
Set in the year 2030, this story of advanced war follows the International Peacekeepers Coalition in their fight against a Brotherhood set on total world domination. Follow General Amador, a veteran military officer and his right-hand-man, Commander Max Mitchell, as they take on the devious and malicious Holt Moire, who wants no less than supreme command over the world. Innovative technology has allowed each faction to expand their bases to beyond the surface of the Earth. While General Amador leads from within a commanding space station called the Vitality, Holt Moire has chosen to go subterranean, building bases and structures underneath the Earth. With the use of futuristic technology and weapons, both factions are thrown into exciting and unstable battles as each leader tries to outwit the other in a plethora of skirmishes, siege, and rescue missions. An intertwining tale of conflict, espionage, and survival that comes full-circle.
"NEWS ALERT: SUDDEN TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF PLANETS HAEMOG AND AROUTH, SECTOR 31-47-89. EVIL POWER MASTER CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY. He's back! And the Evil Power Master is seeking revenge. You are the primary unit commander of the Lacoonian System Rapid Force response team, in charge of protecting all planets in the Lacoonian System. As you and your team position to find and fight him, you discover that the Evil Power Master has zeroed in on three planets. His goal is to destroy them and all life on them. Your gut tells you he will stop at nothing now. You?re right, Flppto. I hoped we had destroyed him in the Purple Days War."" ""Well, Commander, don?t be hard on yourself. You did your best. His power must be strong again, or he would never have attacked. What form he will take this time remains to be seen."" ""What should we do?"" If you decide to check out Sector immediately, turn to page 6. YOU choose what happens next!"
Arthur Bean believes he is a writing genius - but is it all in his own mind?
Nobody doesn't like music; from childhood days to old age, in daily life and in worship, our lives are enriched with music - simple lullabies and complex symphonies, majestic hymns and toe-tapping ragtime. Enjoying music and finding generous space for it in our lives is not a problem. But when we seek to articulate a Christian perspective for music, we can get caught short. How, exactly, does this wonderful world of music fit into a Christian understanding of the world and of our place and our task in it? How should we engage in music as part of our lives as Christians? How are we to evaluate music? What does "giving glory to God" really mean when it comes to music?
In Sound Stewardship, Karen DeMol presents an understanding of music as rooted in creation and an overview of the implications of the realities of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and the coming Eschaton for music. Intended for music-makers and music-lovers and for those who make decisions about music in worship and music in education - indeed, for all of us - Sound Stewardship provides a biblical foundation for activity in music and a call to serve as responsible and joyful stewards of God's marvelous world of sound.
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