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Such a lot histories of ecu appropriation of indigenous territories have, till lately, fascinated about conquest and career, whereas particularly little realization has been paid to the historical past of treaty-making. but treaties have been additionally a method of extending empire. to understand the level of eu criminal engagement with indigenous peoples, Empire by way of Treaty: Negotiating ecu enlargement, 1600-1900 appears on the heritage of treaty-making in ecu empires (Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French and British) from the early seventeenth to the past due nineteenth century, that's, in the course of either phases of eu imperialism. whereas students have usually pushed aside treaties assuming that they'd were fraudulent or unequal, this booklet argues that there has been extra to the perform of treaty-making than mere advertisement and political opportunism. certainly, treaty-making was once additionally promoted by means of Europeans as a extra valid technique of appropriating indigenous sovereignties and buying land than have been conquest or profession, and accordingly with a purpose to reconcile enlargement with ethical and juridical legitimacy. As for indigenous peoples, they engaged in treaty-making with the intention to additional their pursuits whether, frequently, they won a long way under the Europeans from these agreements and infrequently lower than they bargained for. The vexed historical past of treaty-making offers specific demanding situations for the good expectancies put in treaties for the solution of conflicts over indigenous rights in post-colonial societies. those hopes are held through either indigenous peoples and representatives of the post-colonial nation and but, either needs to come to phrases with the complicated and afflicted background of treaty-making over three hundred years of empire. Empire by means of Treaty appears to be like at treaty-making in Dutch colonial enlargement, the Spanish-Portuguese border within the Americas, aboriginal land in Canada, French colonial West Africa, and British India.

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20 27 “Love Alone Is Not Enough” more reasonable. 23 For Grotius, the skeptical pacifism of Erasmus thus strengthened exactly the opposite of what it meant to achieve. Erasmus opened up the gates to Machiavellian reason of state. Essentially the cure that Grotius applied to avoid this fate consisted of the reverse strategy: by championing a Machiavellian notion of self-interest as the basis of politics, he sought to reach an Erasmian order of international cooperation and peace. 24 Without this rule, any form of society or justice would be unthinkable, and thus the self-interest of any individual would be jeopardized.

Similar strategies were employed in the other Dutch colonial arena, the Atlantic, where the West India Company (WIC) directed and controlled Dutch expansion from the early 1620s onward. The dealings of the WIC, which ranged from the coasts of Africa to Brazil, the Caribbean, and New Netherland, are often presented See Corpus diplomaticum, 1: 308–16, and the analysis in Somers, “De VOC als volkenrechtelijke actor,” 175–206. 67 The treaty is reprinted in Stapel, “Het Bongaais verdrag,” appendix 5, 237–247.

72 Charter of the Dutch West India Company, article 2. 73 See also Meuwese, Brothers in Arms, Partners in Trade, 230–35. ” 75 See Boogaart, “Infernal Allies”; Meuwese, Brothers in Arms, Partners in Trade, 125–90. 76 Schmidt, “Exotic Allies,” 460. 77 See Meuwese, Brothers in Arms, Partners in Trade, 191–227, 286–318. 70 40 EMPIRE BY TREATY Overall, treaty making thus served Dutch colonial interests worldwide, playing a fundamental role in the consolidation of Dutch power and its representation as a benign empire by the rule of law.

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