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War and Peace: Alberico Gentili and the Early Modern Law of Nations

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Publication date18/05/2020
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages592
ISBN (Electronic)9789004426030
ISBN (Print)9789004345249
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameStudies in the History of International Law


This treatise investigates the emergence of the early modern law of nations, focusing on Alberico Gentili’s contribution to the same. A religious refugee and Regius Professor at the University of Oxford, Alberico Gentili (1552–1608) lived in difficult times of religious wars and political persecution. He discussed issues that were topical in his lifetime and remain so today, including the clash of civilizations, the conduct of war, and the maintenance of peace. His idealism and political pragmatism constitute the principal reasons for the continued interest in his work. Gentili’s work is important for historical record, but also for better analysing and critically assessing the origins of international law and its current developments, as well as for elaborating its future trajectories.