The division of historical time into periods is indispensable for any historiographical work. Historical facts cannot be identified without referring to a time frame with a more or less determinable beginning and end. Periods make historical facts ‘thinkable’, as the Polish historian Krzysztof Pomian said.1 This chapter explores the significance of the question of periodization in historiography of international law. Literally, the term ‘peri-hodos’—of which the notions ‘period’ and ‘periodization’ are derived—means ‘the way around’ in ancient Greek. From...
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