Rules of Engagement: Ethics in Warfare

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The Gatling Gun patent drawing (1865). The gun was patented on May 9, 1865, and was officially adopted by the U.S. Army on August 21, 1866. Courtesy of the National Archives.

The Gatling Gun patent drawing (1865). The gun was patented on May 9, 1865, and was officially adopted by the U.S. Army on August 21, 1866. Courtesy of the National Archives.

America’s use of targeted drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere has raised questions about what is — and isn’t — an appropriate way to wage war. In this episode, the History Guys will look at the ways previous generations have answered these sorts of questions.

They explore the shockingly violent battle tactics of Europeans in comparison to original Indian ways of war. And, at a time when many fear that chemical weapons may be deployed in Syria, the History Guys consider what made the use of chemical weapons taboo in the first place.

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