Hugo Grotius and International Relations

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Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), "the miracle of Holland," was famous as a child prodigy, theologian, historian, Dutch political figure, escaped political prisoner, and finally as Sweden's Ambassador to France. Addressing his contribution to international relations, this book critically reappraises Grotius' thought, comparing it to his predecessors and examining it in the context of the wars and controversies of his time. The collection illuminates enduring problems of international relations: the nature of international society and its institutions, the equality of states, restraints in war, collective security, military intervention, the rights of the individuals, and the law of the sea.
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"Now students and specialists alike are treated to a tour de force of Grotiana with the highest level of scholarship....Here is an essential component to the new genre of international relations theory....Highly recommended as an addition to any basic collection dealing with international relations or world politics. This book will become a standard."—Choice

"Excellent for the purposes of researching and understanding the forces which culminated in the Westphalian concepts of sovereignty that still flourish (although under attack) in contemporary international relations theory."—American Society of International Law (ASIL) Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198277712
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Sir Adam Roberts is President of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University. His main academic interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against dictatorial regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations. Professor Robert's is the co-editor of Civil Resistance and Power Politics (OUP 2008) and Documents on the Laws of War (OUP 2000).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    Where Grotius stands in history

    This book examines the spectrum of contributions Grotius has made to International Law. The critique begins with questioning his title as its true ¿father¿ and stretches to a speculation of his relevancy in a modern world. Some major points include an outline of how biographical elements shaped the political views and consequently major writings of Grotius. Other sections describe his works on the Law of the Sea, International Equality, and Human Rights & Intervention. Extensively detailed is influence of Gentili¿s works on him, and the differentiation which Grotius created between the two. While the authors believe that International Law has moved away from Grotius ¿Just War¿ cause and a natural law philosophy, the book discusses his reasoning and justification for his principals at the time of the Thirty Years War. Additionally described is how the shift in international politics from a state-dominating-state system to one of international organizations has made some of his theories obsolete. Overall, this book provides a thorough examination of how Grotius¿s works originated, where many of his ideas stem, how they played into politics of the time, and their current relevancy.

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