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The Rights of War and Peace: Political Thought and the International Order from Grotius to Kant

Richard Tuck


This book is an historical account of the formative period of modern theories of international law. It sets the scene with an extensive history of the theory of international relations from antiquity down to the seventeenth century. The author then examines the arguments over the moral basis for war and international aggression, and links the debates to the writings of the great political theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant. This is not only an account of international law: as the author shows, ideas about inter-state relations were central to the formation of modern liberal po ... More

Keywords: international law, international relations, antiquity, seventeenth century, war, international aggression, political theorists, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Tuck, author
Professor of Government, Harvard University
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