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From law to history: the politics of war and empire

Barkawi, Tarak ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-5055 (2018) From law to history: the politics of war and empire. Global Constitutionalism, 7 (3). pp. 315-329. ISSN 2045-3817

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S2045381718000278


The Internationalists argues that the outlawry of war in 1928 created the modern international order. This review essay critiques this single-cause account of world history. It shows how The Internationalists relies on statistics that obfuscate the character of war and on a juridical model of international politics that makes liberal empire invisible. I argue that war making by Asian and African peasants played more of a role in bringing about decolonisation than peacemaking by Western lawyers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 09:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:05

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