The Legacy of Vattel’s Droit des gens in the Long Nineteenth Century
The aim of this chapter is to analyse the circulation of Emer de Vattel’s Droit des gens in the nineteenth century, the period in which it enjoyed its greatest success. The publishing history of the Droit des gens will be introduced by some preliminary methodological aspects—closely bound to the need to write a global legal history—in which translation, in the broader sense of the term, plays a key role. The first part of the chapter is devoted to a reconstruction of the historical development of nineteenth-century international law, with particular regard to the universalisation of (European) international law. The second part focuses, instead, on the various translations of the Droit des gens and its spread in Europe as well as in Latin America.