Oxford University Press 1992

Hugo Grotius and International Relations

Hedley Bull, Benedict Kingsbury & Adam Roberts (eds.)


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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