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Book description

This study of the origins of international law combines techniques of intellectual history and historiography to investigate the earliest developments of the law of nations. The book examines the sources, processes and doctrines of international legal obligation in antiquity to re-evaluate the critical attributes of international law. David J. Bederman focuses on three essential areas in which law influenced ancient state relations - diplomacy, treaty-making and warfare - in a detailed analysis of international relations in the Near East (2800–700 BCE), the Greek city-states (500–338 BCE) and Rome (358–168 BCE). Containing topical literature and archaeological evidence, this 2001 study does not merely catalogue instances of recognition by ancient states of these seminal features of international law: it accounts for recurrent patterns of thinking and practice. This comprehensive analysis of international law and state relations in ancient times provides a fascinating study for lawyers and academics, ancient historians and classicists alike.


‘This work is a real gem. For any lawyer with an interest in history, particularly ancient history, it is a fascinating read. Professor Bederman has steeped himself in the legal aspects of significant sections of the ancient world, and constructed very respectable arguments for his thesis that an at least unconscious body of rules existed to govern relations between states and kingdoms in those times … This book deserves to become a classic in its own right.’

Source: New Law Journal

‘… the overall thesis is important, and deserves serious attention.’

Source: Journal of Hellenic Studies

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