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For the past five years I have been working on a book about the laws of war in American history, and in particular on a book that tries to make sense of the seminal order issued by Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the American Civil War, General Orders Number 100. What's startling and exciting about General Orders 100 is that it formed the source for much of the international law of war of the subsequent half century and more, influencing military manuals, expert commissions, and multilateral treaties around the world.

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