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The great eighteenth-century theorist of international law Emer de Vattel (1714–1767) was a key figure in sustaining the practical and theoretical influence of natural jurisprudence through the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras. Coming toward the end of the period when the discourse of natural law was dominant in European political theory, Vattel’s contribution is cited as a major source of contemporary wisdom on questions of international law in the American Revolution and even by opponents of revolution, such as Cardinal Consalvi, at the Congress of Vienna of 1815.

Vattel broadly accepted the early-modern natural law theorists from Grotius onward but placed himself in the tradition of Leibniz and Christian Wolff. This becomes particularly clear in two valuable early essays that have never before been translated and are included in the present volume. On this philosophical basis he established what the proper relationship should be between natural law as it is applied to individuals and natural law as it is applied to states.

The significance of The Law of Nations resides in its distillation from natural law of an apt model for international conduct of state affairs that carried conviction in both the Old Regime and the new political order of 1789–1815.

The Liberty Fund edition is based on the anonymous English translation of 1797, which includes Vattel’s notes for the second French edition (posthumous, 1773).

Emer de Vattel (1714–1767) was a Swiss philosopher and jurist in the service of Saxony.

Béla Kapossy is Professeur Suppléant of History at the University of Lausanne.

Richard Whatmore is a Reader in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex.

Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, England.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. A Note on the Texts
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Advertisement
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 5-20
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  1. Original Contents
  2. pp. 21-66
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  1. Preliminaries
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. Book I
  2. pp. 81-109
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  1. Chapter I - Of Nations or Sovereign States
  2. pp. 81-85
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  1. Chapter II - General Principles of the Duties of a Nation towards herself
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. Chapter III - Of the Constitution of a State, and the Duties and Rights of a Nation in that respect
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. Chapter IV - Of the Sovereign, his Obligations, and his Rights
  2. pp. 96-112
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  1. Chapter V - Of States Elective, Successive or Hereditary, and of those called Patrimonial
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. Chapter VI - Principal Objects of a good Government; and first, to provide for the Necessities of the Nation.
  2. pp. 126-128
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  1. Chapter VII - Of the Cultivation of the Soil
  2. pp. 128-131
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  1. Chapter VIII - Of Commerce
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. Chapter IX - Of the Care of the public Ways; and of Tolls
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. Chapter X - Of Money and Exchange
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. Chapter XI - Second Object of a good Government,—to procure the true Happiness of a Nation
  2. pp. 145-155
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  1. Chapter XII - Of Piety and Religion
  2. pp. 155-185
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  1. Chapter XIII - Of Justice and Polity
  2. pp. 185-197
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  1. Chapter XIV - Third Object of a good Government,—to fortify itself against external Attacks
  2. pp. 198-203
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  1. Chapter XV - Of the Glory of a Nation
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Chapter XVI - Protection sought by a Nation, and her voluntary Submission to a Foreign Power
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Chapter XVIII - Establishment of a Nation in a Country
  2. pp. 213-217
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  1. Chapter XIX - Of our Native Country, and various Matters relating to it
  2. pp. 217-228
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  1. Chapter XX - Public, Common, and Private Property
  2. pp. 228-237
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  1. Chapter XXI - Of the Alienation of the public Property, or the Domain, and that of a Part of the State
  2. pp. 237-242
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  1. Chapter XXII - Of Rivers, Streams, and Lakes
  2. pp. 242-249
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  1. Chapter XXIII - Of the Sea
  2. pp. 249-258
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  1. Book II - Of a Nation considered in her Relation to other States
  2. pp. 259-304
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  1. Chapter I - Of the common Duties of a Nation towards other States, or the Offices of Humanity between Nations
  2. pp. 259-273
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  1. Chapter II - Of the mutual Commerce between Nations
  2. pp. 273-280
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  1. Chapter III - Of the Dignity and Equality of Nations,— of Titles,—and other Marks of Honour
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. Chapter IV - Of the Right to Security, and the Effects of the Sovereignty and Independence of Nations
  2. pp. 288-295
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  1. Chapter V - Of the Observance of Justice between Nations
  2. pp. 296-298
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  1. Chapter VI - Of the Concern a Nation may have in the Actions of her Citizens
  2. pp. 298-301
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  1. Chapter VII - Effects of the Domain, between Nations
  2. pp. 301-311
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  1. Chapter VIII - Rules respecting Foreigners
  2. pp. 311-319
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  1. Chapter IX - Of the Rights retained by all Nations after the Introduction of Domain and Property
  2. pp. 319-326
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  1. Chapter X - How a Nation is to use her Right of Domain, in order to discharge her Duties towards other Nations, with respect to the Innocent Use of Things
  2. pp. 326-331
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  1. Chapter XI - Of Usucaption and Prescription between Nations
  2. pp. 331-338
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  1. Chapter XII - Of Treaties of Alliance, and other public Treaties
  2. pp. 338-365
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  1. Chapter XIII - Of the Dissolution and Renewal of Treaties
  2. pp. 366-372
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  1. Chapter XV - Of the Faith of Treaties
  2. pp. 386-395
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  1. Chapter XVI - Of Securities given for the Observance of Treaties
  2. pp. 395-406
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  1. Chapter XVII - Of the Interpretation of Treaties
  2. pp. 407-448
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  1. Chapter XVIII - Of the Mode of terminating Disputes between Nations
  2. pp. 448-468
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  1. Book III - Of War
  2. pp. 469-527
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  1. Chapter I - Of War,—its different Kinds,—and the Right of making War
  2. pp. 469-471
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  1. Chapter II - Of the Instruments of war,—the raising of Troops, &c.—their Commanders, or the Subordinate Powers in War
  2. pp. 472-482
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  1. Chapter III - Of the just Causes of War
  2. pp. 482-500
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  1. Chapter IV - Of the Declaration of War,—and of War in due Form
  2. pp. 500-508
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  1. Chapter V - Of the Enemy, and of Things belonging to the Enemy
  2. pp. 509-511
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  1. Chapter VI - Of the Enemy’s Allies,—of warlike Associations,— of Auxiliaries and Subsidies
  2. pp. 51-523
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  1. Chapter VII - Of Neutrality,—and the Passage of Troops through a Neutral Country
  2. pp. 523-541
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  1. Chapter IX - Of the Right of War, with respect to Things belonging to the Enemy
  2. pp. 566-575
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  1. Chapter X - Of Faith between Enemies,—of Stratagems, Artifices in War, Spies, and some other Practices
  2. pp. 575-585
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  1. Chapter XI - Of the Sovereign who wages an unjust War
  2. pp. 586-588
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  1. Chapter XII - Of the Voluntary Law of Nations, as it regards the Effects of Regular Warfare, independently of the Justice of the Cause
  2. pp. 589-593
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  1. Chapter XIII - Of Acquisitions by War, and particularly of Conquests
  2. pp. 593-603
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  1. Chapter XIV - Of the Right of Postliminium
  2. pp. 603-611
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  1. Chapter XV - Of the Right of private Persons in War
  2. pp. 612-618
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  1. Chapter XVI - Of various Conventions made during the Course of the War
  2. pp. 618-633
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  1. Chapter XVII - Of Safe-conducts and Passports,—with Questions on the Ransom of Prisoners of War
  2. pp. 633-640
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  1. Chapter XVIII - Of Civil War
  2. pp. 641-650
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  1. Book IV - Of the Restoration of Peace; and of Embassies
  2. pp. 651-719
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  1. Chapter I - Of Peace, and the Obligation to cultivate it
  2. pp. 651-655
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  1. Chapter II - Treaties of Peace
  2. pp. 655-665
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  1. Chapter III - Of the Execution of the Treaty of Peace
  2. pp. 665-671
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  1. Chapter IV - Of the Observance and Breach of the Treaty of Peace
  2. pp. 671-681
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  1. Chapter V - Of the Right of Embassy, or the Right of sending and receiving public Ministers
  2. pp. 682-690
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  1. Chapter VI - Of the several Orders of public Ministers,—of the Representative Character,—and of the Honours due to Ministers
  2. pp. 690-696
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  1. Chapter VII - Of the Rights, Privileges, and Immunities of Embassadors, and other public Ministers
  2. pp. 696-729
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  1. Chapter VIII - Of the Judge of Embassadors in Civil Cases
  2. pp. 729-737
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  1. Chapter IX - Of the Embassador’s House and Domestics
  2. pp. 737-746
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  1. Essay on the Foundation of Natural Law and on the First Principle of the Obligation Men Find Themselves Under to Observe Law
  2. pp. 747-772
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  1. Dissertation on This Question: “Can Natural Law Bring Society to Perfection Without the Assistance of Political Laws?”
  2. pp. 773-782
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  1. Dialogue Between the Prince of ****and His Confidant, on Certain Essential Elements of Public Administration
  2. pp. 783-796
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  1. Biographical Sketches of Authors Referred to by Vattel
  2. pp. 797-812
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 813-830
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 831-867
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781614878728
Related ISBN
9780865974517
MARC Record
OCLC
466082934
Pages
896
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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