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The Expansion of Europe and the Classical Standard of Civilization

in The Empire of Civilization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226068145
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226068169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226068169.003.0005
The Expansion of Europe and the Classical Standard of Civilization

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This chapter gives an account of the origins and characteristics of what is often referred to as the classical standard of civilization in international law or international society. It suggests that the standard of civilization is essentially a means to distinguish between “civilized” and “uncivilized” nations or peoples in order to determine membership in the international society of states. The chapter explains that an incipient law of nation only started to take shape in Europe after the discovery of the New World, and also discusses the requirements for a civilized state.

Keywords: civilization; international law; international society; society of states; Europe; New World; law of nation

Chapter.  11101 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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