The Rights of War and Peace
Book 1eBook - 2005
Three volumes contain Grotius' classic text, originally published in 1625, in which he grounds his ideas about the state, the individual, and rights in "the design of the Creator" as manifested in the natural world, emphasizing self defense and self preservation. This Liberty Fund edition--based on the English text of 1738, containing extensive commentary by Jean Barbeyrac--also includes the Prolegomena to the first edition, a document heretofore untranslated into English. An introduction and annotations by Tuck (government, Harvard U.) provide context and highlight differences between the first and second editions. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Grotius’s continuing influence owed much to the eighteenth-century French editor Jean Barbeyrac, whose extensive commentary was standard in most editions, including the classic English one (1738), the basis for the Liberty Fund edition, which includes the Prolegomena to the first edition (1625); this document has never before been translated into English.
Hugo Grotius (1583–1645) was a lawyer and legal theorist, diplomat and political philosopher, ecumenical activist and theologian.
Richard Tuck is a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Professor of Government at Harvard University.