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"Like The Clash of Civilizations and The End of History, this brilliant book lays out a vision that makes sense of the world today in the context of centuries of history. Hathaway and Shapiro tell their story with literary flair, analytical depth, and historical meticulousness. It will change the way you remember the 20th century and read the news in the 21st."--Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, and the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
"Sweeping and yet personable at the same time, The Internationalists explores the profound implications of the outlawry of war. Professors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro enrich their analysis with vignettes of the many individuals (some unknown to most students of History) who played such important roles in this story. None have put it all together in the way that Hathaway and Shapiro have done in this book."--Paul Kennedy, Professor of History, Yale University, and author of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
"A searching analysis of contending views of state violence and warfare....Rich in implication, particularly in a bellicose time, and of much interest to students of modern history and international relations."--Kirkus Reviews
"Hathaway and Shapiro adopt a fundamentally revisionist perspective on the oft-dismissed Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact of 1928, positing that the agreement 'marked the beginning of the end' of war between states. The pact inspired the human-rights revolution, the use of economic sanctions, and the creation of international organizations focusing on peace....the authors provocatively argue that, since 1945, conquest 'has nearly disappeared' as 'an accepted procedure for changing borders'....Hathaway and Shapiro's conclusion can be debated--but not easily dismissed."--Publishers Weekly
"In this timely, elegant and powerful book, Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro help us understand the momentous significance of the individuals who imagined an end to war. As the world stands on the cusp of a return to an earlier age, THE INTERNATIONALISTS is a clarion call to maintain law and order across our planet."--Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London and author of East West Street
"An engrossing narrative that provides a new framework for interpreting international relations over the previous five centuries."--Library Journal, Starred Review
"A fascinating and challenging book, which raises gravely important issues for the present... Given the state of the world, The Internationalists has come along at the right moment."--Margaret MacMillan, The Financial Times
"The Internationalists, by Yale law school professors Scott Shapiro and Oona Hathaway, is a provocative, fascinating, and significant book. It deserves to be on the bookshelf of all serious students of foreign affairs and promises to rattle conventional wisdom as well as foster a healthy debate."--Jay Winik, author of April 1865 and 1944, Historian-in-Residence, Council on Foreign Relations
"Genuine originality is unusual in political history. The Internationalists is an original book. There is something sweet about the fact that it is also a book written by two law professors in which most of the heroes are law professors. Sweet but significant, because one of the points of The Internationalists is that ideas matter. Hathaway and Shapiro further believe that ideas are produced by human beings, something that can be under-recognized in intellectual histories, which often take the form of books talking to books. [This] is a story about individuals who used ideas to change the world."--Louis Menand, The New Yorker
"The Internationalists provides a great service in illustrating the ways in which law can speak powerfully to individual decision-makers. As a legal history, the book is indispensable."--The Washington Post
"One of the pleasures of this thought-provoking and comprehensively researched book is that it challenges us to see the figures who thought they could outlaw war not as fools but as pragmatists whose failed idea had a surprising afterlife in the creation of the postwar world....The case that the authors make is clever and nuanced."--The Wall Street Journal
"This is a marvelously readable book that makes what could have been arcane matters of international jurisprudence comprehensible and lively. Anecdote and colourful characters abound, and the writing rests on a very serious trawl through some far-flung archives. Much here to enjoy and much to ponder."--The Guardian
"The one book every student should read in 2018."--Steven Pinker, Business Insider

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