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The Gentle Civilizer of Nations - The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960

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Paperback book published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press

International law was born from the impulse to 'civilize' late nineteenth-century attitudes towards race and society, argues Martti Koskenniemi in this extensive study of the rise and fall of modern international law. In a work of wide-ranging intellectual scope, now available for the first time in paperback, Koskenniemi traces the emergence of a liberal sensibility relating to international matters in the late nineteenth century, and its subsequent decline after the Second World War. He combines legal analysis, historical and political critique and semi-biographical studies of key figures (including Hans Kelsen, Hersch Lauterpacht, Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau); he also considers the role of crucial institutions (the Institut de droit international, the League of Nations). His discussion of legal and political realism at American law schools ends in a critique of post-1960 'instrumentalism'. This book provides a unique reflection on the possibility of critical international law today.

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Author(s):
Koskenniem, Martti
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Used: very good
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Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521548098
ISBN-13:
9780521548090
Number of pages:
569
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Gentle Civilizer of Nations - The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960

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Paperback book published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press

International law was born from the impulse to 'civilize' late nineteenth-century attitudes towards race and society, argues Martti Koskenniemi in this extensive study of the rise and fall of modern international law. In a work of wide-ranging intellectual scope, now available for the first time in paperback, Koskenniemi traces the emergence of a liberal sensibility relating to international matters in the late nineteenth century, and its subsequent decline after the Second World War. He combines legal analysis, historical and political critique and semi-biographical studies of key figures (including Hans Kelsen, Hersch Lauterpacht, Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau); he also considers the role of crucial institutions (the Institut de droit international, the League of Nations). His discussion of legal and political realism at American law schools ends in a critique of post-1960 'instrumentalism'. This book provides a unique reflection on the possibility of critical international law today.

Author(s):
Koskenniem, Martti
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521548098
ISBN-13:
9780521548090
Number of pages:
569
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Gentle Civilizer of Nations - The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960

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