Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law

Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law

by Antony Anghie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521828929

ISBN-13: 9780521828925

Pub. Date: 03/07/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book argues that the colonial confrontation was central to the formation of international law and, in particular, its founding concept, sovereignty. Traditional histories of the discipline present colonialism and non-European peoples as peripheral concerns. By contrast, Anghie argues that international law has always been animated by the 'civilizing mission' -…  See more details below

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This book argues that the colonial confrontation was central to the formation of international law and, in particular, its founding concept, sovereignty. Traditional histories of the discipline present colonialism and non-European peoples as peripheral concerns. By contrast, Anghie argues that international law has always been animated by the 'civilizing mission' - the project of governing non-European peoples - and that the economic exploitation and cultural subordination that resulted were constitutively significant for the discipline. In developing these arguments, the book examines different phases of the colonial encounter, ranging from the sixteenth century to the League of Nations period and the current 'war on terror". Anghie provides a new approach to the history of international law, illuminating the enduring imperial character of the discipline and its continuing importance for peoples of the Third World. This book will be of interest to students of international law and relations, history, post-colonial studies and development studies.

About the Author:
Antony Anghie is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521828925
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/07/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law Series, #37
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword James C. Crawford Crawford, James C.

1 Francisco de Vitoria and the colonial origins of international law 13

2 Finding the peripheries : colonialism in nineteenth-century international law 32

3 Colonialism and the birth of international institutions : the mandate system of the League of Nations 115

4 Sovereignty and the post-colonial state 196

5 Governance and globalization, civilization and commerce 245

6 On making war on the terrorist : imperialism as self-defence 273

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