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IV Interaction or Imposition, 36 Colonialism and Domination

Matthew Craven

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

Colonization / Decolonization — International trade
To speak today of the ‘colonial origins of international law’ is arguably no longer a standpoint of dissent, or of a radical revisionism, but one which is situated in the centre-ground of accounts of international legal history.1 What is made of that observation is a matter upon which there remains a not insignificant divergence of opinion, but a consciousness that the emergence of the European states system in the post-Westphalian era was not merely incidentally related to the expansion of mercantile empires and the taking of colonial possessions, but was rather...
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