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The Expansion of Europe and the Classical Standard of Civilization

The Expansion of Europe and the Classical Standard of Civilization

Chapter:
(p.103) 5 The Expansion of Europe and the Classical Standard of Civilization
Source:
The Empire of Civilization
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226068169.003.0005

This chapter gives an account of the origins and characteristics of what is often referred to as the classical standard of civilization in international law or international society. It suggests that the standard of civilization is essentially a means to distinguish between “civilized” and “uncivilized” nations or peoples in order to determine membership in the international society of states. The chapter explains that an incipient law of nation only started to take shape in Europe after the discovery of the New World, and also discusses the requirements for a civilized state.

Keywords:   civilization, international law, international society, society of states, Europe, New World, law of nation

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