Thursday, January 7, 2021

Lantigua on Spanish contributions to international law

 David M. Lantigua (University of Notre Dame) has published Infidels and Empires in a New World Order: Early Modern Spanish Contributions to International Legal Thought with Cambridge University Press. From the publisher: 

Before international relations in the West, there were Christian-infidel relations. Infidels and Empires in a New World Order decenters the dominant story of international relations beginning with Westphalia in 1648 by looking a century earlier to the Spanish imperial debate at Valladolid addressing the conversion of native peoples of the Americas. In addition to telling this crucial yet overlooked story from the colonial margins of Western Europe, this book examines the Anglo-Iberian Atlantic to consider how the ambivalent status of the infidel other under natural law and the law of nations culminating at Valladolid shaped subsequent international relations in explicit but mostly obscure ways. From Hernán Cortés to Samuel Purchas, and Bartolomé de las Casas to New England Puritans, a host of unconventional colonial figures enter into conversation with Francisco de Vitoria, Hugo Grotius, and John Locke to reveal astonishing religious continuities and dissonances in early modern international legal thought with important implications for contemporary global society.

 Here's the Table of Contents:

1. Introduction. International relations beyond Westphalia

Part I. The New World Crucible of Infidel Rights:

2. Theocratic world order and religious wars

3. Spanish Dominicans and the 'affair of the Indies'

4. The politics of natural law at Valladolid, 1550–1551

Part II. God, Empires, and International Society:

5. From infidels to savages: empires of commerce and natural rights

6. The scholastic law of nations, native occupation, and human solidarity.

Further information is available here.

--Mitra Sharafi