Introduction: Towards A Global History Of International Law

Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599752
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Introduction: Towards A Global History Of International Law

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This chapter explores different concepts in overcoming Eurocentrism; global history and the contribution of the history of international law; the three modes of writing history through events, concepts, and people; the problems related to the linguistic turn and historiography; and the Handbook’s place in the historiography of international law. The discussion argues that the Eurocentric story of international law has proven wrong because it is incomplete. Furthermore, conventional history ignores too many other experiences and forms of legal relations between autonomous communities. The chapter suggests that the law of nations of the past broadens our perspective, and can stimulate informed curiosity about how the future of international law.

Keywords: Eurocentrism; international law; European state system; historiography; law of nations

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Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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