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Sovereignty in China (2019)

a genealogy of a concept since 1840

in: Cambridge studies in international and comparative law, 141

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Abstract

This book provides a comprehensive history of the emergence and the formation of the concept of sovereignty in China from the year 1840 to the present. It contributes to broadening the history of modern China by looking at the way the notion of sovereignty was gradually articulated by key Chinese intellectuals, diplomats and political figures in the unfolding of the history of international law in China, rehabilitates Chinese agency, and shows how China challenged Western Eurocentric assumptions about the progress of international law. It puts the history of international law in a global perspective, interrogating the widely-held belief of international law as universal order and exploring the ways in which its history is closely anchored to a European experience that fails to take into account how the encounter with other non-European realities has influenced its formation.

Keywords

Sovereignty

Languages

English

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781108474191, 9781108463942

Pages

xv, 274

DOI

10.1017/9781108564861

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