Beyond the Spanish Classics - The Ephemeral Awakening of the History of International Law in Pre-Democratic Spain
7 Monde (s) French Journal of Global History (2015 Forthcoming)
22 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2015
Date Written: January 14, 2015
The archetypal role that the Spanish Classics of International law have largely played in the consciousness of every generation of international lawyers globally for, at least, the last century and a half is widely acknowledged. The likes of Francisco de Vitoria, Suarez, De Las Casas et al. are still often heralded as the founders of the discipline of international law and continue to be brought out in public iconic procession at key-historical turning points of the history of international law. Against the cyclical attempts to build on a historically distorted mythology of the Spanish Classics of International Law without paying due attention to the evolution of international law during the 19th and 20th centuries in the cradle of those same Spanish classics of international law, this work highlights the intellectually emancipatory role and anti-dictatorial credentials of an ephemeral attempt to renovate the study of the history of international law in Franco's pre-democratic Spain.
Keywords: History of International Law, dissident intelligentsia, liberal Phalangism, Late-Francoism, Cuadernos para el Dialogo, Spanish Democratic Transition, global intellectual history of international law, History of Spain
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