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History, Politics, Law
Thinking through the International

Annabel Brett, Martti Koskenniemi, David Kennedy, Armin von Bogdandy and Adeel Hussain, Jennifer Pitts, Emma Hunter, Megan Donaldson, Surabhi Ranganathan, Joel Isaac, Anna Becker, Karen Knop, Julia McClure, Gerry Simpson, Joshua Smeltzer, Duncan Kelly
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  • Publication planned for: April 2023
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2023
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108829069


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  • Historians of political thought and international lawyers have both expanded their interest in the formation of the present global order. History, Politics, Law is the first express encounter between the two disciplines, juxtaposing their perspectives on questions of method and substance. The essays throw light on their approaches to the role of politics and the political in the history of the world beyond the single polity. They discuss the contrast between practice and theory as well as the role of conceptual and contextual analyses in both fields. Specific themes raised for both disciplines include statehood, empires and the role of international institutions, as well as the roles of economics, innovation and gender. The result is a vibrant cross-section of contrasts and parallels between the methods and practices of the two disciplines, demonstrating the many ways in which both can learn from each other.

    • Brings together leading international lawyers and historians of political thought in sustained reflection on their inquiries and methods
    • Demonstrates how work in different disciplines, spanning a large chronological range, illuminates contrasting aspects of the same themes
    • Opens questions of method within, as well as between, the disciplines; brings political thought explicitly into what is often seen as a law–history encounter; and offers a larger terrain for interdisciplinary conversation in future.
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: April 2023
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108829069
    • length: 421 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2023
  • Table of Contents

    I. Methods: Approaches and Encounters:
    1. Between History, Politics and Law: History of Political Thought and History of International Law Annabel Brett
    The Past According to International Law: A Practice of History and Histories of a Practice Martti Koskenniemi
    The Context for Context: International Legal History in Struggle David Kennedy
    II. Thinking Through the International: Carl Schmitt's International Thought and the State Armin von Bogdandy and Adeel Hussain
    Carl Schmitt on the Theory and Practice of Occupation and Dictatorship Joshua Smeltzer and Duncan Kelly
    Law of Nations, World of Empires: The Politics of Law's Conceptual Frames Jennifer Pitt
    The History of Political Thought in the African Political Present Emma Hunter
    The (In)hospitable World
    Ventriloquism in Geneva: The League of Nations as International Organisation Megan Donaldson
    Sea Change Surabhi Ranganathan
    The Political Economy of Context: Theories of Economic Development and the Study of Conceptual Change Joel Isaac
    Gender in the State of Nature Anna Becker
    Gender and the Lost Private Side of International Law Karen Knop.

  • Editors

    Annabel Brett, University of Cambridge
    Annabel Brett is a leading historian of late medieval and early modern political thought, with a particular interest in natural law and the law of nations. She is the author of Liberty, Right and Nature: Individual Rights in Later Scholastic Thought (1997) and Changes of State: Nature and the Limits of the City in Early Modern Natural Law (2011).

    Megan Donaldson, University College London
    Martti Koskenniemi is a leading critical scholar of the theory and history of international law. His works are studied by lawyers, historians and international relations scholars across the world. He has held visiting professorships at many of world's leading universities, is Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki
    Megan Donaldson has published on nineteenth and twentieth-century shifts in treaty-making, statehood and international organisations. Her forthcoming monograph traces the evolution of secrecy in the international legal order.


    Annabel Brett, Martti Koskenniemi, David Kennedy, Armin von Bogdandy and Adeel Hussain, Jennifer Pitts, Emma Hunter, Megan Donaldson, Surabhi Ranganathan, Joel Isaac, Anna Becker, Karen Knop, Julia McClure, Gerry Simpson, Joshua Smeltzer, Duncan Kelly

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