An Essay on Ancient International Law by H. Brougham LeechAn Essay on Ancient International Law by H. Brougham Leech

An Essay on Ancient International Law

byH. Brougham Leech

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877. Excerpt: ... It is only fair to add that the writers of this class generally modify to some extent the severity of their criticisms, by noticing the existence of some usages which tended in the direction of justice and humanity, and that they credit the Romans with some efforts in the cultivation of the Law of Nations as a science; but they severely condemn the latter people, too, for "their cunning interpretation of treaties, their continual violation of justice, and their cruel rules of war." The causes of this error are not far to seek. It is tolerably well known that the modern science of International Law is not much more than two centuries in existence: its foundations were laid in the great work of Grotius, which was published in the earlier part of the 17th century, and which, even then, according to Sir H. Maine, owed the rapidity of its success not more to the beauty and symmetry of its principles than to the reactionary feelings inspired by the horrors of the Thirty Years' War. It was an easy but an illogical inference that no such science had ever existed before; and the error was perpetuated by a too careless facility in adopting the opinions of men whose authority as jurists was universally recognised. Those who have any definite idea of the successes achieved by the ancient civilizations, and of the point to which they advanced, might well be surprised at the severity of the criticisms just quoted. The various arts and sciences, which belong to and form part of the civilization of a nation, keep fairly even pace with one another in their gradual development. Foremost among these, in point of time and importance, as being absolutely necessary to the continued existence of an independent political community, is the science of Law. Thus, at Athens in parti...
Title:An Essay on Ancient International LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217166849

ISBN - 13:9780217166843