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Revolution and World OrderThe Revolutionary State in International Society$
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David Armstrong

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198275282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198275285.001.0001

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Norms, Rules, and Laws

Norms, Rules, and Laws

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(p.199) 6 Norms, Rules, and Laws
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Revolution and World Order
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David Armstrong (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198275285.003.0007

Revolutionary states have challenged international law in several ways. They tend to reject the underlying notion of international law that there is a society of states as well as the emphasis on maintaining order. They also see themselves as serving a higher and more permanent law—whether they define it in terms of god, nature, or history—than any transient, man‐made substitute. The French, American, Soviet, Chinese, and Iranian responses to international law are considered in detail. International law seems to grow in significance whenever it is placed under greatest pressure, and it may give intellectual coherence as well as authority to the established powers’ response to revolutionary states.

Keywords:   American Revolution, authority, China, coherence, French Revolution, international law, Iran, norms, revolutionary states, Russian Revolution

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