Bodin: On Sovereignty / Edition 1

Bodin: On Sovereignty / Edition 1

by Jean Bodin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521349923

ISBN-13: 9780521349925

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume contains the essential points of Jean Bodin's theory of sovereignty, a landmark in legal theory and royalist ideology. The four chapters presented form the core of Bodin's classic work, Six Livres de la Republique. Bodin was primarily responsible for introducing the seductive but erroneous notion that sovereignty is indivisible, that the entire power of…  See more details below

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This volume contains the essential points of Jean Bodin's theory of sovereignty, a landmark in legal theory and royalist ideology. The four chapters presented form the core of Bodin's classic work, Six Livres de la Republique. Bodin was primarily responsible for introducing the seductive but erroneous notion that sovereignty is indivisible, that the entire power of the state had to be vested in a single individual or group. This thesis, combined with the prevailing crisis of authority during the French religious wars, led Bodin to a systematically absolutist interpretation of the French and other European monarchies. This is the first complete translation of this material into English since 1606, and is accompanied by a lucid introduction, chronology, and bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521349925
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,047,681
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; Principal events in Bodin's life; Bibliography; Note on the text; Notes on format; Notes on translation; 1. République; 2. Book 1, chapter 8 on sovereignty; 3. Book 1, chapter 10 on the true marks of sovereignty; 4. Book 2, chapter 1 on the kinds of state in general; 5. Book 2, chapter 5 whether it is lawful to make an attempt upon the tyrant's life and to nullify and repeal his ordinances after he is dead; Textual notes; Index.

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