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III Regions, VI Europe, 25 From the Late Middle Ages to the Peace of Westphalia

Martin Kintzinger

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 October 2023

Ancient Times to 1648
There are two different ways in Western Europe of analysing and categorizing medieval history as part of the development of international law: from the point of view of the history of law on the one hand and from the one of the general history of the Middle Ages on the other. The difference seems to be simple: strictly taken, the pre-modern era in general and the Middle Ages in particular have not necessarily been part of the history of international law, which came into existence only in the 17th century with the Peace of Westphalia. But is the analysis of...
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