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By the time Schmitt gave this lecture in 1938, Nazi Germany was continuing its expansionist foreign policy (although it had not annexed Austria and the Munich Crisis was still a bit away). Schmitt had lost some of his standing with the party by this time, but he continued as a university professor and many of his writings demonstrate support for German expansionism. This particular pamphlet/lecture examines competing theories of international law and how it should be institutionalized. Schmitt's ...more
Carl Schmitt's early career as an academic lawyer falls into the last years of the Wilhelmine Empire. (See for Schmitt's life and career: Bendersky 1983; Balakrishnan 2000; Mehring 2009.) But Schmitt wrote his most influential works, as a young professor of constitutional law in Bonn and later in Berlin, during the Weimar-period: Political Theology, presenting Schmitt's theory of sovereignty, appe ...moreMore about Carl Schmitt