The Epochs of International Law
Wilhelm G. Grewe's "Epochen der Völkerrechtsgeschichte", published in 1984, is widely regarded as one of the classic twentieth century works of international law. This revised translation by Michael Byers of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, makes this important book available to non-German readers for the first time.
"The Epocs of International Law" provides a theoretical overview and detailed analysis of the history of international law from the Middle Ages, to the Age of Discovery and the Thirty Years War, from Napoleon Bonaparte to the Treaty of Versailles, the Cold War and the Age of the Single Superpower, and does so in a way that reflects Grewe's own experience as one of Germany's leading diplomats and professors of international law.
A new chapter, written by Wilhelm G. Grewe and Michael Byers, updates the book to October 1998, making the revised translation of interest to German international layers, international relations scholars and historians as well.
Wilhelm G. Grewe was one of Germany's leading diplomats, serving as West German ambassador to Washington, Tokyo and NATO, and was a member of the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Subsequently professor of International Law at the University of Freiburg, he remains one of Germany's most famous academic lawyers. Wilhelm G. Grewe died in January 2000.
Professor Dr. Michael Byers, Duke University, School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, formerly a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a visiting Fellow of the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg.
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The Origins of the Law of Nations
International Legal Orders of the Modern State System
PART ONE Ius gentium
Political and Territorial Subdivision
Natural Law and Treaty Practice
PART TWO Ius inter gentes
The WorldWide State System and Global Equilibrium
The Consent of States as a Source of International Law
Continental and British Conceptions of War
The Naval Forces of Rebels
Chapter One The Transition Period of
The Turn Away from Positivism A Frenzy of LawMaking
Chapter Eight The Institutions of the Law of Nations
Discovery as a Title for the Acquisition of Colonial Territories
PART THREE Droit Public de lEurope
The Wider System of the European Balance of Power
Political Intervention in the Name of Balance of Power
The Recognition of
The Practice of Concluding Treaties in
Neutral Rights in Wartime as liberté des mers
NonIntervention and Collective Security as Principles
Chapter One British Predominance in the State System
The Rise of the Empire
LongDistance Blockade and Economic Warfare
Cold War Containment Détente
The Decline of the Trusteeship System
Antagonism between SupraNational Integration
Preeminence of Political Rather than
Wars of Liberation and Other Interpretations of
Epilogue An International Community with a Single Superpower
A Heterogeneous Multitude
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