Humane: how the United States abandoned peace and reinvented war

Hosted by the School of Public Policy

Online public event


Professor Samuel Moyn

Professor Samuel Moyn


Professor Andrés Velasco

Professor Andrés Velasco

Join us for this online event in which prominent historian Professor Samuel Moyn will discuss his new book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, in which he exposes the dark side of making war more humane.

Humane is the story of how America went off to fight and never came back, and how armed combat was transformed from an imperfect tool for resolving disputes into an integral component of the modern condition. As American wars have become more humane, they have also become endless. This provocative book argues that this development might not represent progress at all.

Meet our speaker and chair

Samuel Moyn (@samuelmoyn) is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), Human Rights and the End of History (2014), Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018), and Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (2021). He writes regularly for Boston Review, The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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You can order the book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, with a 40% off from Verso Books until 25 February 2022.

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