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Maartje Abbenhuis, 2018. The Hague Conferences and International Politics, 1898–1915

In: Diplomatica
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  • 1 Department of History, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, , US, coatesba@wfu.edu
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To find “the origins of twentieth-century internationalism,” writes Maartje Abbenhuis in this engrossing volume, one must look “in The Hague between 1899 and 1915” (184). In 1899 and 1907, the Dutch town hosted peace conferences at which delegates debated cures for military violence including disarmament, international courts, and new laws of war. Did these discussions make any difference? Traditionally diplomatic and military historians depicted the conferences as idealistic pageantry doomed to drown in the mud of the Great War’s trenches. International lawyers, conversely, cheered the precedents they set for regulating warfare. In the last two decades the so-called “historical turn”

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