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The Role of Civilian Governors in Military Occupation

Peter M. R. Stirk

in The Politics of Military Occupation

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636716.003.0005
The Role of Civilian Governors in Military Occupation

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This chapter looks at the role of civilian governors in military occupations, which has been an ambivalent one. From the days of the representatives on mission of revolutionary France, civilian agents and agencies have periodically been seen as symbols of a political intent subversive of the temporary nature of military occupation and military authority. Sometimes, military governments have even resisted the establishment of civilian institutions of governance on the grounds that this would imply a premature annexation of the territory. Suspicion of civilian agencies culminated in this judgement of a court in the Netherlands after the Second World War.

Keywords: military occupations; civilian governors; revolutionary France; civilian agents; military authority

Chapter.  10518 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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