The lawyer Philippe Sands tells the development of international law based on the fate of a small island people in the Indian Ocean. Anyone interested in contemporary politics should read it.
There really is no past, that’s one of the lessons learned from Philippe Sand’s book “The Last Colony”. The past radiates into the present, history always acts as a resonance body for everything that we are discussing in the present, especially when it comes to politics. And since times are so politically turbulent, it is worth studying which past influences the present in the relationship of the western powers to the so-called global South. “The Last Colony” does this on the basis of a topic that may seem dry to most readers, but which has decisively shaped relations between peoples over the past 80 years: the jurisprudence.