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

Paperback | September 15, 2001

byRichard Tuck

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The Rights of War and Peace is the first fully 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. Professor Tuck then examinesthe 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 Professor Tuck shows, ideas about inter-state relations were central to the formation of modern liberal political theory, for the best example the kind of agent which liberalism presupposes was provided by the modern state. As a result the bookilluminates the presuppositions behind much current political theory, and puts into a new perspective the connection between liberalism and imperialism.

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The Rights of War and Peace is the first fully 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. Professor Tuck then examinesthe arguments over the moral basis for war an...

Richard Tuck is a Professor of Government, Harvard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199248141

ISBN - 13:9780199248148

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Humanism2. Scholasticism3. Hugo Grotius4. Thomas Hobbes5. Samuel Pufendorf6. From Locke to Vattel7. Rousseau and KantConclusionIndex

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`fascinating new book ... Tuck's thesis, argued with great historical erudition and philosophical subtlety, is persuasive ... a rich and stimulating book.'Bhikhu Parekh, Times Literary Supplement