What is the relevance of law to a world dominated by a hegemon? What is the relation between power and law at the international level? In this volume, these questions are approached based on a case study of relations between France and the Netherlands throughout the Revolutionary Wars. It shows that power and law are not isolated phenomena and that their relation is not as one-dimensional as it is commonly portrayed. Law can be an instrument of power, while law poses a normative force even a superpower cannot ignore. Thereto, the case study sketches a context in which an international law based on sovereign equality could, to a large extent, be circumvented by exploiting crossborder factionalism, thus nuancing state-centric perspectives on international politics.
Studies in the History of International Law, vol. 1
Raymond Kubben (1980) studied law and public administration sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in Law at Tilburg University in 2009 and is presently Assistant Professor in the history and theory of international law and international relations at that university.
Introductory note, by Randall Lesaffer Preface
Map of the Republic of the United Provinces on the eve of the Revolutionary era
Part I. Révolution sans frontières
1. Power and law in international order
2. The French Revolution and the European order
Part II. Icy rivers, chains of gold: the Franco-Batavian alliance
1. Gallicus amicus
2. Clapping hands, fraternal style
3. A constitutive treaty?
4. War and peace
5. The limits of independence
6. The alliance renewed
Part III. The Batavian Republic and the struggle for peace
1. Revolutionary peace
2. Peace at last
3. Negotiating with Britain
4. A gathering in Rastatt
5. The Consul’s peace
6. Bridging the Channel
Part IV. The Revolutionary alliance
Translation of words in Dutch
All those interested in legal history, the history of international law in particular, diplomatic history, the history of the French Revolution and the Revolutionary Wars, as well as (early)modern Dutch History.