The Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century

The Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century

The Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century

The Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century

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It is now generally accepted that the substantial basis on which International Law rests is the usage and practice of nations. And this makes it of the first importance that the facts from which that usage and practice are to be deduced should be correctly appreciated, and in particular that the great treaties which have regulated the status and territorial rights of nations should be studied from the point of view of history and international law. It is the object of this book to present materials for that study in an accessible form.

The scope of the book is limited, and wisely limited, to treaties between the nations of Europe, and to treaties between those nations from 1815 onwards. To include all treaties affecting all nations would require many volumes; nor is it necessary, for the purpose of obtaining a sufficient insight into the history and usage of European States on such matters as those to which these treaties relate, to go further back than the settlement which resulted from the Napoleonic wars. The aim of the authors is to present an historical summary of the international position at the time of each treaty; to state the points at issue and the contentions of the parties; and so to make readily accessible the materials on which international lawyers have to work. For this reason the pure law-making treaties have been omitted; the Hague Conventions, for instance, speak for themselves, and in their construction the jurist needs little help from general history.

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