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Legalist Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century

Benjamin Allen Coates

Abstract

Legalist Empire explores the intimate connections between international law and empire in the United States from 1898 to 1919. Though many histories treat Woodrow Wilson’s plans for the League of Nations as the beginning of America’s substantive engagement with international law, this book demonstrates the broad influence of legal concepts and expertise in the years before World War I. It follows such lawyers as Elihu Root, John Bassett Moore, James Brown Scott, and Robert Lansing as they created an American profession of international law, promoted the creation of international courts, repres ... More

Keywords: US foreign relations, American empire, international law, World War I, Elihu Root, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, international court, civilizing mission, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190495954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495954.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Allen Coates, author
Assistant Professor of History, Wake Forest University