Power, Law and the End of Privateering

Hardcover | March 20, 2014

byJan Martin Lemnitzer

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This book offers an exciting new take on the relationship between law and power, exposing the delicate balance between great powers and small states that is necessary to create and enforce norms across the globe. The 1856 Declaration of Paris marks the precise moment when international law became universal, and is the template for creating new norms until today. Moreover, the treaty was an aggressive and successful British move to end privateering forever – then the United States' main weapon in case of war with Britain. Based on previously untapped archival sources, Jan Lemnitzer shows why Britain granted generous neutral rights in the Crimean War, how the Europeans forced the United States to respect international law during the American Civil War, and why Bismarck threatened violent redemption during the Franco-German War of 1870/71. The powerful conclusion exposes the 19th century roots of our present international system, and why it is as fragile as before the First World War.

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This book offers an exciting new take on the relationship between law and power, exposing the delicate balance between great powers and small states that is necessary to create and enforce norms across the globe. The 1856 Declaration of Paris marks the precise moment when international law became universal, and is the template for crea...

Jan Martin Lemnitzer is Lecturer in History at Pembroke College, Oxford, UK. He obtained his PhD in International History from the London School Economics, UK, before winning a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Previously, he was Director of Studies at Oxford's Changing Char...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.6 × 5.6 × 1 inPublished:March 20, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230301851

ISBN - 13:9780230301856

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Power, Law and the Declaration of Paris
1. 'More serious than the Eastern question itself' – The Crimean War Compromise
2. The Crimean War and Maritime Law
3. 'Catching Brother Jonathan in the trap which he laid for us' – The Genesis of the Declaration of Paris
4. 'That moral league of nations against the United States' - The Declaration of Paris and the Marcy Amendment
5. 'The United States have a vote in framing the maritime law of this age' – The Cass Memorandum and Bremen's Campaign for the Marcy Amendment
6. The Declaration of Paris and the American Civil War
7. 'Announcing our withdrawal from the Declaration' - The Declaration of Paris and the Franco-German War of 1870
Conclusion: The Rise and Fall of the Declaration of Paris