The introduction highlights the overlap between the rise of the international law profession and the emergence of an overseas US empire in 1898, with the territorial expansion that followed the US victory in the Spanish-American War. It argues that scholars of international law and historians of US foreign relations have not fully explored this relationship, and explains how studying the words and deeds of international lawyers reveals the legal components of empire and the imperial roots of international law. The introduction also offers a brief account of the national and international contexts that made international law a respected and influential profession in the United States in the early twentieth century.
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