When will the wars be over and lives returned to normal? Those times seem elusive as the lines between wartime and peacetime become increasingly blurred. The so-called time of war affects every aspect of life. It changes laws, civil liberties, and the public’s relationship to the law. But what about when war seems to go on endlessly? What exactly is wartime? And how does that blurring of lines effect law and society? Maria Armoudian discusses the effects of war on society with Mary Dudziak, Patrick James, and Christopher McKnight Nichols.

Mary Dudziak is a professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School. She is the author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences. 

Patrick James is a professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Religion, Identity, and Global Governance: Ideas, Evidence, and Practice.

Christopher McKnight Nichols is an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University. He is the author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age.

 

 

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