1 This entry was originally published under the title ‘Treaties, Origin’, but the title has been changed in 2022 to provide a more useful description of the historical focus of the entry. 2 The origins of international treaties, to our knowledge, can be traced back to the ancient Near East (History of International Law, Ancient Times to 1648). Exploring these origins may be a humbling enterprise by reason of the enormous geographical and temporal dimensions and the colourful diversity of entities and peoples concerned. The treaties they made have fortuitously been...
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