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Author Tzouvala, Ntina, author
Title Capitalism as civilisation : a history of international law / Ntina Tzouvala
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  341.09 T998 2020    DUE 04-10-23  -  30500101573866
 RCHSS Library  KZ1256 T96 2020    AVAILABLE    30560400701543
Descript vii, 261 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Cambridge studies in international and comparative law ; 142
Cambridge studies in international and comparative law ; 142
Note Based on author's thesis (doctoral - Durham University, 2016) issued under title: Letters of blood and fire : a socio-economic history of international law
Includes bibliographical references and index
The Standard of civilisation in international law : politics, theory, method -- The standard of civilisation in the nineteenth century : between the 'logic of improvement' and the 'logic of biology' -- The institutionalisation of civilisation in the interwar period -- Arguing with borrowed concepts : 'the sacred trust of civilisation' in the South West Africa Saga -- From Iraq to Syria : legal arguments for the civilising missions of the twenty-first century -- Thinking through contradictions on a warming planet
"This book offers the first comprehensive history of the standard of civilisation in international law. Methodologically and theoretically innovative, this monograph draws from Marxism and deconstruction bringing together the textual and the material in our understanding of law. Approaching 'civilisation' as an argumentative pattern related to the distribution of rights and duties amongst different communities, Tzouvala illustrates both its contradictory nature and its pro-capitalist bias. 'Civilisation' is shown to oscillate between two poles. On the one hand, a pervasive 'logic of improvement' anchors legal equality to demands that non-Western polities undertake extensive domestic reforms and embrace capitalist modernity. On the other, an insistent 'logic of improvement' constantly postpones and engages such a prospect based on ideas of immutable difference. By detailing the tension and synergies between these two logics, Tzouvala argues that international law incorporates and attempts to mediate the contradictions of capitalism as a global system of production and exchange that both homogenises and stratifies societies, populations and space"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Tzouvala, Ntina. Capitalism as civilisation. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2020. 9781108684415
Subject International law -- Moral and ethical aspects
International law -- Social aspects
Alt Title Capitalism as civilization
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