Editor’s Note: This entry was originally published under the title ‘History of the Law of Nations: 1815 to World War I’ in the Encyclopedia of Public International Law, edited by Professor Rudolf Bernhardt, and can be found in the consolidated library edition of the Encyclopedia; see R Bernhardt (ed) Encyclopedia of Public International Law vol II(2) (Elsevier Amsterdam 1995) 767–93. 1 The history of international law at the beginning of the 19th century is not so much the history of principles of law as an account of the law applied in practice at the time. This...
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