Evgeny Roshchin
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The unknown friendship of the modern international order
in Friendship among nations
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Early modern discourse of and about international politics contained a paradoxical combination of at least two language games prescribing the rules for using the concept of friendship. One game embedded friendship in a normatively loaded discussion, while the other associated the concept with pragmatic contexts of establishing juridical and political regimes in inter-state relations. Given these ideological differences, as well as the decline of the French and Dutch colonisation projects in North America, this chapter considers two paradigmatic examples of British colonial expansion. It focuses on the use of friendship in the establishment of colonies in North America and negotiating with people unfamiliar with European legal customs and constitutions of political societies. The chapter also considers the use of friendship in a qualitatively different setting, namely diplomatic exchanges with the rulers of India and the acceptance of a position of inferiority in existing hierarchies and organised political societies.

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