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Hugo Grotius and International Relations$
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Hedley Bull, Benedict Kingsbury, and Adam Roberts

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198277717.001.0001

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The Grotius Factor in International Law and Relations: A Functional Approach

The Grotius Factor in International Law and Relations: A Functional Approach

(p.301) 12 The Grotius Factor in International Law and Relations: A Functional Approach
Hugo Grotius and International Relations

Georg Schwarzenberger

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Grotius's name and fame—which extends to the fields of theology, history, social philosophy, jurisprudence, and law—has frequently been used for extraneous purposes. King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden is supposed to have rested his head on Grotius's book during his military campaigns. From his work for the Dutch East India Company onwards, Grotius responded to the needs of congenial establishments and the rewards they could bestow on him. The claim to the presentation of a comprehensive system of international law, implicit in the title De Jure Belli ac Pacis, gave Grotius a special appeal. His work could be used selectively whenever convenient. However, one part of the Grotian tradition, the call for moderation, has enduring value.

Keywords:   Gustavus Adolphus, Dutch East India Company, Grotian tradition

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