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The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law edited by Fassbender, Bardo; Peters, Anne (1st October 2012)

V Methodology and Theory, 41 The Periodization of the History of International Law

Oliver Diggelmann

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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 December 2019

1648-1815 — Ancient Times to 1648 — 1815 to World War I — World War I to World War II — Since World War II
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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