Does the present matter? : [Rezension zu: Marcus M. Payk, Frieden durch Recht? Der Aufstieg des modernen Völkerrechts und der Friedensschluss nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg, Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2018, 793 p., ISBN 978-3-11-057845-4]

The relationship between past and present has been the subject of controversial debates in historical research time and again. In 2013, to give a prominent example, Philip Alston in a review essay discussed the issue of 
The relationship between past and present has been the subject of controversial debates in historical research time and again. In 2013, to give a prominent example, Philip Alston in a review essay discussed the issue of "Does the past matter?" with regard to a debate on the origins of human rights. The debate was dedicated to the controversial question of "[h]ow far back can we trace the genealogy of today’s international human rights system". In this review, I would like to rephrase this question to ask instead to what degree the present matters for historical writing. Other than in the work of Alston, this is not meant as a question on the contingency and path-dependence of history, but rather as a reflection on how historians describe and evaluate the past and what role knowledge of the present may have in this context. ...
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Author:Stefan Kroll
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-516233
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12946/rg27/446-448
ISSN:2195-9617
ISSN:1619-4993
Parent Title (Multiple):Rechtsgeschichte = Legal history
Publisher:Max-Planck-Inst. für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Place of publication:Frankfurt, M.
Contributor(s):Thomas Duve, Stefan Vogenauer
Document Type:Review
Language:English
Year of Completion:2019
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/11/06
Volume:27
Pagenumber:4
First Page:446
Last Page:448
Note:
Dieser Beitrag steht unter einer Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Recht
940 Geschichte Europas
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0

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