Selden’s Mare Clausum. The Secularisation of International Law and the Rise of Soft Imperialism

@article{Somos2012SeldensMC,
  title={Selden’s Mare Clausum. The Secularisation of International Law and the Rise of Soft Imperialism},
  author={M. Somos},
  journal={Journal of The History of International Law},
  year={2012},
  volume={14},
  pages={287-330}
}
  • M. Somos
  • Published 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of The History of International Law
Unlike the French and the Iberian, Dutch and English imperialists encountered non-European legal systems without having to take a position on just war, forced conversion, slavery, or non-Christians’ right to property and sovereignty. Their system secured non-European cooperation and saved economic and ideological costs of commercial and colonial expansion. It enabled, structured, and sustained the British Empire before the nineteenthcentury retheologisation of imperialism. Long recognised as a… Expand
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