Ethnic, nationalist, and religious conflicts and debates about international intervention have been central global preoccupations of the past hundred years. Such debates, this volume argues, were first framed in their modern form during the interwar period, when a “Modernist break” (akin to that in literature, philosophy, and the arts) transformed the way such conflicts were viewed. Internationalists began to cast identity-based claims — whether those of anti-colonialists or European separatists — not only as mortal dangers to international order but as indispensable to its revitalization. Drawing on cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalysis — with case studies ranging from 1930s Ethiopia to 1990s Jerusalem — this volume looks at both the origins and legacy of these debates, offering a radical reinterpretation of modern internationalism.
Passion and Ambivalence
Wim Decock, Max-Planck-Institute for Legal History, Frankfurt
In Theologians and Contract Law, Wim Decock offers an account of the moral roots of modern contract law. He explains why theologians in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries built a systematic contract law around the principles of freedom and fairness.
Amnon Altman, Bar-Ilan University
This book offers a unique survey of legal practices and ideas relating to international relations in the Ancient Near East between 2500 and 330 BCE.
Tilmann J. Röder, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Around 1900, standard contracts and clauses spread throughout international industries such as transport, insurance and finance. The "earthquake clause", which was globally introduced by reinsurers after the 1906 San Francisco catastrophe, exemplifies this paradigmatic change of the law.
Tetsuya Toyoda, Akita International University
Emergence of the modern science of international law is usually attributed to Grotius and other somewhat heroic ‘founders of international law.’ This book offers a more worldly explanation why it was developed mostly by German writers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Janwillem Oosterhuis, Maastricht University
This book illustrates the influence of early human rights and mass industrialisation on the right to (physically) enforce performance of obligations in France, the German territories and the Netherlands during the nineteenth century. It provides background information to the harmonisation of a ...
Raymond Kubben, Tilburg University
Providing a case study of relations between France and the Netherlands throughout the Revolutionary Wars, this book offers a contribution to the debates on the relation between law and politics at the international level and on state-centrism in international relations.
Tessa G. Leesen, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
The 'school controversies' between the Sabinians and the Proculians continue to be the focus of debate in Roman law. The present volume attempts to determine what gave rise to these controversies by associating them with legal practice and the use of topic-related argumentation.
Edited by Jan Hallebeek & Harry Dondorp, VU University Amsterdam
This study deals with the concept of contracts for a third-party beneficiary, which is nowadays generally accepted in Western European jurisdictions. The subject is discussed in its development through the ages as well as from the perspective of present-day comparative law.
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