The Free Sea

The Free Sea : With William Welwod's Critique and Grotius's Reply

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Liberty Fund's edition of The Free Sea is the only translation of Grotius's masterpiece undertaken in his own lifetime, left in manuscript by the English historian, Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616). It also contains William Welwod's critique of Grotius (reprinted for the first time since the seventeenth century) and Grotius's reply to Welwod. These documents provide an indispensable introduction to modern ideas of sovereignty and property as they emerged from the early-modern tradition of natural law. Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) was a lawyer and legal theorist, diplomat and political philosopher, ecumenical activist and theologian. David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. Please note: This title is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more

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  • Paperback | 145 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • Liberty Fund Inc
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0865974314
  • 9780865974319
  • 383,684

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Dutch jurist and well known humanist scholar Grotius (1583-1645) published Mare Liberum in 1609 arguing that no nation can own the sea. The context was debates between the United Provinces and the Spanish monarchy from which the Dutch had just broken away, and the Dutch right to commercial penetration in Southeast Asia. Here is its translation from Latin by English geographer Hakluyt (1552-1616), critique by William Welwood (fl. 1578-1622), and Grotius' reply. It is edited by David Armitage (history, Columbia U.) Reference & Research Book News August 2004show more

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