The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 by Martti KoskenniemiThe Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960 by Martti Koskenniemi

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

byMartti Koskenniemi

Hardcover | December 24, 2001

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Koskenniemi traces the emergence of a liberal sensibility relating to international matters in the late 19th 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 Hersch Lauterpacht, Carl Schmitt and Hans Morgenthau. Finally, his discussion of legal and political realism at American law schools ends in a critique of post-1960 "instrumentalism". This wide-ranging study provides a unique reflection on the future of critical international law.
Title:The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:584 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.46 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 1.46 inPublished:December 24, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521623111

ISBN - 13:9780521623117

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. 'The legal conscience of the civilized world'; 2. Sovereignty: a gift of civilization; 3. International law as philosophy: Germany 1871-1933; 4. International law as sociology: French 'solidarism' 1871-1950; 5. Lauterpacht: the Victorian tradition in international law; 6. Out of Europe: Carl Schmitt, Hans Morgenthau and the turn to 'international relations'; Epilogue.

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