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Elements of International Law  
Author Henry Wheaton
Country USA [1]
Language English
Subject(s) International Law
Publisher Carey, Lea and Blanchard [1]
Publication date 1836

Elements of International Law is a book on international law by Henry Wheaton published in 1836. This book was translated in each country of Asia, and had a large influence on the approval of modern international law in Asia[2]. The translator was American Protestant missionary William Alexander Parsons Martin who was propagating in China at that time[3]. The translation was the first book to introduce international law to east Asia in full scale.[4]

Textual history Edit

Many translations, editions and reprints of Wheaton's Elements have appeared since its first publication.[5] As of 2010 re-publication continues.[6]

The original edition bore the title Elements of International Law with a Sketch of the History of the Subject. Some subsequent editions omitted the "Sketch", which in 1845 became (in expanded form) part of Wheaton's History of the Law of Nations in Europe and America.[7]

Influence Edit

In listing Henry Wheaton among "prominent jurists of the nineteenth century, Anghie comments on the "several editions" of Elements of International Law and on the work as "widely respected and used at this time".[8]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Elements of International Law. Google Books. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=umued5KGUSAC&dq=Elements+of+international+law+wheaton&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=WOqJTPqwL9m5jAfJ47mlBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  2. "The Cambridge History of English and American Literature". http://www.bartleby.com/226/0612.html. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  3. "William Alexander Parsons Martin". Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity. http://www.bdcconline.net/en/stories/m/martin-william-alexander-parsons.php. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. "Treaty as prelude to annexation". Korea Herald. http://www.koreaherald.com/opinion/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100907000976. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  5. Library of Congress holdings
  6. Wheaton, Henry (2010-01-15). Wheaton's Elements of International Law. General Books LLC. pp. 732. ISBN 978-1153429078. http://www.amazon.com/Wheatons-Elements-International-Henry-Wheaton/dp/1153429071/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284176606&sr=8-1. 
  7. Janis, Mark W.; Evans, Carolyn, eds (1999). Religion and international law. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 141. ISBN 9789041111746. http://books.google.com/books?id=8CxMFjU12OUC. Retrieved 2010-09-11. "Wheaton's historical 'Sketch' disappeared in later editions of the Elements but re-emerged in a more comprehensive form in 1845 when Wheaton published his 'History of the Law of Nations in Europe and America; from the Earliest Times to the Treaty of Washington, 1842 (1845) [...]" 
  8. Anghie, Antony (1999). "Finding the Peripheries: Sovereignty and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century International Law" (PDF). Harvard International Law Journal (Harvard Law School) 40 (1): 1-71. ISSN 0017-8063. http://leda.law.harvard.edu/leda/data/34/ILJ-40-1-pages-anghie.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 



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