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The spirit of the laws

Author: Charles de Secondat Montesquieu, baron de; Anne M Cohler; Basia Carolyn Miller; Harold Samuel Stone
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Series: Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
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The Spirit of the Laws is without question one of the central texts in the history of eighteenth-century thought, yet there has been no complete scholarly English language edition since 1750. This lucid translation renders Montesquieu's problematic text newly accessible to a fresh generation of students, helping them to understand why Montesquieu was such an important figure in the early enlightenment and why The  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles de Secondat Montesquieu, baron de; Anne M Cohler; Basia Carolyn Miller; Harold Samuel Stone
ISBN: 0521361834 9780521361835 0521369746 9780521369749
OCLC Number: 18559462
Language Note: Translation of: De l'esprit des lois.
Notes: Translation of: De l'esprit des lois.
Description: xlvii, 757 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Book 1. Of Laws in General --
Book 2. Of Laws Directly Derived from the Nature of Government --
Book 3. Of the Principles of the Three Kinds of Government --
Book 4. That the Laws of Education Ought to Be in Relation to the Principles of Government --
Book 5. That the Laws Given by the Legislator Ought to Be in Relation to the Principle of Government --
Book 6. Consequences of the Principles of Different Governments with Respect to the Simplicity of Civil and Criminal Laws, the Form of Judgments, and the Inflicting of Punishments --
Book 7. Consequences of the Different Principles of the Three Governments with Respect to Sumptuary Laws, Luxury, and the Condition of Women --
Book 8. Of the Corruption of the Principles of the Three Governments --
Book 9. Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to a Defensive Force --
Book 10. Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to Offensive Force --
Book 11. Of the Laws Which Establish Political Liberty, with Regard to the Constitution --
Book 12. Of the Laws That Form Political Liberty, in Relation to the Subject --
Book 13. Of the Relation Which the Levying of Taxes and the Greatness of the Public Revenues Bear to Liberty --
Book 14. Of Laws in Relation to the Nature of the Climate --
Book 15. In What Manner the Laws of Civil Slavery Relate to the Nature of the Climate --
Book 16. How the Laws of Domestic Slavery Bear a Relation to the Nature of the Climate --
Book 17. How the Laws of Political Servitude Bear a Relation to the Nature of the Climate --
Book 18. Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to the Nature of the Soil --
Book 19. Of Laws in Relation to the Principles Which Form the General Spirit, Morals, and Customs of a Nation --
Book 20. Of Laws in Relation to Commerce, Considered in its Nature and Distinctions --
Book 21. Of Laws in Relation to Commerce, Considered in the Revolutions It Has Met With in the World --
Book 22. Of Laws in Relation to the Use of Money --
Book 23. Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to the Number of Inhabitants --
Book 24. Of Laws in Relation to Religion, Considered in Itself, and in Its Doctrine --
Book 25. Of Laws in Relation to the Establishment of Religion and its External Polity --
Book 26. Of Laws in Relation to the Order of Things Which They Determine --
Book 27. Of the Origin and Revolutions of the Roman Laws on Successions --
Book 28. Of the Origin and Revolutions of the Civil Laws among the French --
Book 29. Of the Manner of Composing Laws --
Book 30. Theory of the Feudal Laws among the Franks in the Relation They Bear to the Establishment of the Monarchy --
Book 31. Theory of the Feudal Laws among the Franks, in the Relation They Bear to the Revolutions of their Monarchy
Series Title: Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
Other Titles: De l'esprit des lois.
Responsibility: Montesquieu ; translated and edited by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, Harold Samuel Stone.
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The Spirit of the Laws is without question one of the central texts in the history of eighteenth-century thought, yet there has been no complete scholarly English language edition since 1750. This lucid translation renders Montesquieu's problematic text newly accessible to a fresh generation of students, helping them to understand why Montesquieu was such an important figure in the early enlightenment and why The Spirit of the Laws was such an influence on those who framed the American Constitution. Fully annotated, this edition focuses on Montesquieu's use of sources and his text as a whole, rather than on those opening passages toward which critical energies have traditionally been devoted.

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