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Vattel and Colonialism: Some Preliminary Observations

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This chapter attempts to place Vattel's thinking on imperialism in the broader context, first in relation to his own jurisprudence in an effort to understand how it coheres with the general system that he outlines. In particular, the chapter is interested in the question of the relationship between his thinking on non-European peoples and the ideas for which he is regarded as original. The second concern is to understand the specifics of Vattel's thinking on what may be termed colonial issues, and his relationship in this context to the work of scholars such as Vitoria and Grotius who had given deep thoughts to the question of the relations between European and non-European peoples. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the enduring effect of Vattel's colonial jurisprudence.

Keywords: Colonialism; Vattel



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