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Passion and Ambivalence: Colonialism, Nationalism, and International Law

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ISBN13: 9789004210240
Published: December 2011
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £135.00

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Ethnic, nationalist, and religious conflicts and debates about international intervention have been central global preoccupations of the past hundred years. Such debates, this volume argues, were first framed in their modern form during the interwar period, when a “Modernist break” (akin to that in literature, philosophy, and the arts) transformed the way such conflicts were viewed. Internationalists began to cast identity-based claims — whether those of anti-colonialists or European separatists — not only as mortal dangers to international order but as indispensable to its revitalization. … read moreDrawing on cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalysis — with case studies ranging from 1930s Ethiopia to 1990s Jerusalem — this volume looks at both the origins and legacy of these debates, offering a radical reinterpretation of modern internationalism. [^]

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Legal History
A Critical Introduction
Emmanuelle Jouannet
Part I. Empire and the International
1. In the Wake of Empire
2. Intervention in a 'Divided World': Axes of Legitimacy
Part II. Passions, Legal and Nationalist: The Modernist Renewal of International
3. But the Alternative is Despair': European Nationalism and the Modernist Renewal of International Law
4. Between 'Alliance' and 'Localization': Nationalism and the New Oscillationism
5. The Nationality Decrees Case, or, of Intimacy and Consent
6. Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism? Ethiopia, Czechoslovakia, and 'Peaceful Change'
Part III. Of Law and Fantasy
7. Nationalism 'Good' and 'Bad': Vicissitudes of an Obsession
8. Legalizing Jerusalem, or, of Law, Fantasy, and Faith
Part IV. Ambivalence and Power
9. Imperial Ambivalences: Scenes from a Critical History of Internationalis"

Series: Studies in the History of International Law