A Normative Approach to War: Peace, War, and Justice in Hugo Grotius

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The purpose of this work is to present a comprehensive view of Hugo Grotius's main work De Jure Belli ac Pacis, a view based on the text. Its main argument shows that, far from being a bookish theoretician indulging himself in the construction of an abstract system, Grotius had in mind, aboveall, a practically oriented treatise aiming about all at 'regulating and restraining war'. At the same time the authors take the opportunity to re-examine the historiography of international law with its anachronistic Eurocentric bias.

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The purpose of this work is to present a comprehensive view of Hugo Grotius's main work De Jure Belli ac Pacis, a view based on the text. Its main argument shows that, far from being a bookish theoretician indulging himself in the construction of an abstract system, Grotius had in mind, aboveall, a practically oriented treatise aiming...

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Hugo Grotius the great Dutch international lawyer and theorist, is often portrayed as a man who, in his most famous work De June Belli ac Pacis, indulged a passion for the abstract by constructing a theoretical model of international law and international society divorced from reality. In this pioneering book, the work of a team of dis...

Onuma Yasuaki is at Tokyo University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`Careful editorial work has ensured a smooth dovetailing of the contributions so that the book is more than simply the sum of its parts ... The style is clear, concise and sometimes elegant.'Cambridge Law Journal