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America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939

ISBN13: 9780199579341
Published: February 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939 is a unique exploration of the ways in which Americans have perceived, applied, advanced, and frustrated international law. It demonstrates the varieties and continuities of America's approaches to international law. The book begins with the important role the law of nations played for founders like Jefferson and Madison in framing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It then discusses the intellectual contributions to international law made by leaders in the New Republic -Kent and Wheaton- and the place of international law in the 19th century judgments of Marshall, Story, and Taney. The book goes on to examine the contributions of American utopians -Dodge, Worcester, Ladd, Burritt, and Carnegie- to the establishment of the League of Nations, the World Court, the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law. It finishes with an analysis of the wavering support to international law given by Woodrow Wilson and the emergence of a new American isolationism following the disappointment of World War I.

For anyone who hopes to understand the important place of international law in America and the complex role of America in the development of international law, America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939 is a crucial read.

Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , USA
1: The Law of Nations and the New Republic: Jefferson and Madison
2: The Law of Nations and International Law: Blackstone and Bentham
3: International Law and American Law: Marshall and Story
4: The International Law of Christendom: Kent and Wheaton
5: International Law and American Diplomacy: Jay and Webster
6: The Utopians: Dodge, Worcester, Ladd and Burritt
7: Slavery and American Exceptionalism: Taney and his Court
8: The Codification and Science of International Law: Lieber, Field and Wharton
9: The Alabama Arbitration and its Progeny: The International Law Association and the American Society of International Law
10: The New Utopians: Brace, Hill and Carnegie
11: The Reluctant International Law Enthusiast: Wilson
12: The Profession of International Law: Root and Scott
13: After Utopia: International Law and Isolationism.