Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military

Awards:   Nominated for Distinguished Book Award - Military History 2017
Author:   William C. Banks ,  Stephen Dycus
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
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9780674736740


Pages:   360
Publication Date:   28 January 2016
Format:   Hardback
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  • Nominated for Distinguished Book Award - Military History 2017

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When crisis requires American troops to deploy on American soil, the country depends on a rich and evolving body of law to establish clear lines of authority, safeguard civil liberties, and protect its democratic institutions and traditions. Since the attacks of 9/11, the governing law has changed rapidly even as domestic threats-from terror attacks, extreme weather, and pandemics-mount. Soldiers on the Home Front is the first book to systematically analyze the domestic role of the military as it is shaped by law, surveying America's history of judicial decisions, constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations, military orders, and martial law to ask what we must learn and do before the next crisis. America's military is uniquely able to save lives and restore order in situations that overwhelm civilian institutions. Yet the U.S. military has also been called in for more coercive duties at home: breaking strikes, quelling riots, and enforcing federal laws in the face of state resistance. It has spied on and overseen the imprisonment of American citizens during wars, Red scares, and other emergencies. And while the fears of the Republic's founders that a strong army could undermine democracy have not been realized, history is replete with reasons for concern. At a time when the military's domestic footprint is expanding, Banks and Dycus offer a thorough analysis of the relevant law and history to challenge all the stakeholders-within and outside the military-to critically assess the past in order to establish best practices for the crises to come.

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Author:   William C. Banks ,  Stephen Dycus
Publisher:   Harvard University Press
Imprint:   Harvard University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.680kg
ISBN:  

9780674736740


ISBN 10:   0674736745
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   28 January 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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In this time of increasing concern about terrorism and other borderless threats, Banks and Dycus have contributed a valuable and timely review of the evolving role of the military in domestic security. It is required reading for serious students of national security and responsible citizens alike.--Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency


Author Information

William C. Banks is Board of Advisers Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University College of Law and Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Stephen Dycus is Professor at Vermont Law School.

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