Brutality in an Age of Human Rights

Brutality in an Age of Human Rights analyzes the relationship between human rights activism and counterinsurgency warfare at the end of the British Empire.

Focusing the analytical lens on activists and the officials with whom they interacted places human rights activists on the counterinsurgency “battlefield” not as traditional arms-bearing combatants, but as actors who nonetheless influenced warfare by shaping military decisions.

Ultimately, the book examines how British officials handled human rights concerns and links these decisions to a larger global narrative concerning the history of international human rights movements.

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Imjin River 1951

My second book is a short operational history analyzing the 1951 Battle of the Imjin River, where British troops fought alongside South Korean, American, Belgian, and Philippine soldiers in one of the toughest engagements of the Korean War.

Although the battle is famous for the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment’s “last stand,” there is much more to the story from both the Chinese/North Korean and the United Nations forces’ perspectives.