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Marco Duranti

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001

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The Romance of International Law

The Romance of International Law

(p.13) 1 The Romance of International Law
The Conservative Human Rights Revolution

Marco Duranti

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a cultural history of international law from the 1899 Hague peace conference to the outbreak of the First World War. Particular attention is paid to how “European civilization” and “world civilization” were imagined at The Hague as moral communities, in contrast to the prevailing scientistic and postivist conceptions of international law. At the center of its investigations is the Peace Palace of The Hague, whose origins and artwork suggest the centrality of romantic memory and visual culture to fin-de-siècle internationalism. The Peace Palace’s Christian and humanist iconography illustrates how European artists visualized internationalist conceptions of time and virtue, as well as gender and racial hierarchies.

Keywords:   cultural history, European identity, legal history, imperialism, international justice, international law, internationalism, memory, pacifism, romanticism

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