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Bodin : On Sovereignty - Jean Bodin


On Sovereignty

Paperback Published: 27th July 1992
ISBN: 9780521349925
Number Of Pages: 194

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Bodin's Six livres de la republique is a vast synthesis of comparative public law and politics, the theoretical core of which is formed by the four chapters translated in this volume. These contain his celebrated theory of sovereignty, which informed his thinking on the state and made his Republique a landmark in the development of European political thought. This theory, however, also included a seductive but erroneous thesis that was of great importance for the development of royalist ideology: the idea that sovereignty is indivisible, that the entire power of the state has to be vested in a single individual or group. This thesis, together with the crisis of authority in the French religious wars, led Bodin to a systematically absolutist interpretation of the French and other contemporary monarchies. His primary aim was to exclude any legal ground of forcible resistance. A king of France, he hoped, would continue to adhere to moral and prudential limitations, but a proper king, he insisted, could not be lawfully constrained. This is the first complete translation of these chapters into English since 1606. It is accompanied by a lucid introduction, a chronology, and a bibliography.

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'Professor Julian Franklin's edition of 'Bodin: On Sovereignty' consists of four chapters from Les Six Livres de la Republique, incontestably one of the seminal texts in modern political thought.' French History

Principal events in BodinG++s life
Note on the text
Notes on format
Notes on translation
Book 1, chapter 8 on sovereignty
Book 1, chapter 10 on the true marks of sovereignty
Book 2, chapter 1 on the kinds of state in general
Book 2, chapter 5 whether it is lawful to make an attempt upon the tyrantG++s life and to nullify and repeal his ordinances after he is dead
Textual notes
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ISBN: 9780521349925
ISBN-10: 0521349923
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 27th July 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.23

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